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ISBN: 984 05 1490 3

Cover Type: HB

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The Marginal Nation: Transborder Migration from Bangladesh to West Bengal

By Ranabir Samaddar (Author)

Publisher(s): The University Press Limited (UPL)   

First Published: 1999 No. of Pages: 227 Weight (kg): 0.5


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Throughout South Asia, questions of illegal immigration combined wit those of national security have acquired politically explosive dimensions in recent years. Despite this, migration studies have remained, by and large, confined to the domains of economics and demography. Dealing with transborder migrations from Bangladesh to West Bengal, The Marginal Nation analyzes these issues within a richer perspective which accommodates the historical, cultural and geographic dimensions along with the economic and demographic. Written in an activist and interventionist mode this book challenges the validity of the concept of the nation state in the context of post-colonial South Asia. Ranabir Samaddar demystifies the constructs of ‘borders’ and ‘national territory’ by bringing to the force the viewpoints of the migrants themselves. He questions the practical value of these terms by showing how the flow of people across the Indo-Bangladesh border is prompted by historical ad social affinities, geographic contiguity, and the economic imperative. Pitted against the natural urge for survival, ‘nation’ and ‘border’ are easily marginalized in the minds of the people who then find ‘illegal’ ways to tackle this obstacles in the path of their well being. The net result is that the very future of transplanted concepts such as ‘nation state’ ‘national security’ and ‘national borders’ is in doubt in present-day South Asia.

This book features in: Academic and Reference Books South Asian Studies Bangladesh Studies Urban Studies and Migration Sociology

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