Borders, Boundaries and Statelessness

Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Bangladesh

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Bina D'Costa

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Book chapter

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Bina D’Costa, ‘Borders, Boundaries and Statelessness’, in Ali Riaz and Mohammad Sajjadur Rahman, eds, Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Bangladesh, London: Routledge, 2016, pp. 402-13.

Departing from the conventional paradigm that implicitly emphasises territorial sovereignty and spatial politics as central to the conceptualisation of border communities, this chapter focuses on how communities conceptualise their own identities as living in the margins or on the borders of societies and boundaries. The border communities are those who describe themselves as marginalised, whose community development and advocacy efforts raise critical questions about state borders and boundaries, and for whom the idea of borders and boundaries holds critical political, socio-economic and legal implications.

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