Introduction. Imagining Bangladesh: contested narratives

Benjamin Zeitlyn, Manpreet K. Janeja, José Mapril

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Bangladesh is a country that appears only on the margins of western news and academic interest. When it does, it is usually in the context of catastrophes. In this Introduction to the special issue, we agree with Lewis (2011) that this large, complex and dynamic country merits more attention. Looking at it through the lens of ‘contested narratives’ centring on identities, notions of home and belonging in transnational Bangladeshi communities and the development, economy and politics of the country, we identify areas in which these contested narratives are particularly pertinent to current events in Bangladesh and which the papers in this special issue touch upon.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalSouth Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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