Sensitive Space
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Release Date:15 Apr 2016
ISBN:9780295995526
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Sensitive Space

Fragmented Territory at the India-Bangladesh Border

University of Washington Press

Enclaves along the India-Bangladesh border have posed conceptual and pragmatic challenges to both states since Partition in 1947. These pieces of India inside of Bangladesh, and vice versa, are spaces in which national security, belonging, and control are shown in sharp relief. Through ethnographic and historical analysis, Jason Cons argues that these spaces are key locations for rethinking the production of territory in South Asia today. Sensitive Space examines the ways that these areas mark a range of anxieties over territory, land, and national survival and lead us to consider why certain places emerge as contentious, and often violent, spaces at the margins of nation and state.

Jason Cons is research assistant professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
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