State Building, Identity Crisis and Ethnic Conflict: The Case of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) of Bangladesh

Journal of Sociology

Author/s (editor/s):

Muhammad Sazzad Hossain Siddiqui, Anurug Chakma

Publication year:

2016

Publication type:

Journal article

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State-building, Identity Crisis and Ethnic Conflict

Muhammad Sazzad Hossain Siddiqui and Anurug Chakma, ‘State Building, Identity Crisis and Ethnic Conflict: The Case of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) of Bangladesh’, Journal of Sociology, 8(2) 2016: 59-73.

The present study is an attempt to explore the nexus between state-building, identity crisis and ethnic conflict considering the case of CHT in Bangladesh. The study is based on multiple secondary sources of data and information (e.g., study reports, conference papers, documents and journal articles). It draws the nexus between understanding historical context and dynamics of conflict; identifies the motives, interests, strategies and capacities of conflicting parties to show how structural and proximate causes trigger violent conflicts in the CHT. The study also explores how state-building project escalates identity crisis and ethnic conflict in this region. However, in the case of social science enquiry, no work goes beyond limitation. And the present work is not exception to this point of view. The major limitations of this study include - outright reliance on secondary data. It was very hard for us to cross-check secondary data on the CHT conflict for deeper understanding on the CHT conflict from theoretical perspective.

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