Md Azmeary Ferdoush

Md Azmeary Ferdoush
University of Eastern Finland | UEF · Karelian Institute

PhD

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Introduction
A political geographer by training, I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Karelian Institute at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). At the Institute, my works are broadly aimed toward the university strategic program that focuses specifically on the profiling area of “cultural encounters, mobilities and borders.” As such, I work independently and in close collaboration with colleagues on and around the issues of borders, (im)mobilities, state, territory, sovereignty, and (non)citizenship.

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The emphasis in this chapter is threefold. First, we will scrutinize how globalization became topical in research since the 1990s. Second, we will examine how border became a keyword in the age of globalization, and how the meaning of borders has been gradually shifting. The third aim is to problematize the relations between territories, borders, a...
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Drawing on newly incorporated citizens' experiences, interviews with numerous state officials, and field observations in the former border enclaves of India inside Bangladesh after their exchange in 2015, I contend that the state of Bangladesh took extraordinary measures to incorporate its new citizens. Such exceptional measures resulted in a categ...
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This paper is an intervention to the understanding of state identity in relation to (anticipatory) changes that have occurred, are taking place, and are expected to happen in the Arctic. Focusing specifically on the Finnish state’s approach toward the Arctic, we offer the concept of “anticipatory state identity” in order to comprehend the role of “...
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In the modern state system, territories and borders give meaning to each other in the sense that borders delimit territorialized sovereign power. Conventional political-geographic perspectives hold that territoriality — the management and control of space — is a state strategy that can be turned on and off. There is no denying that territorial prin...
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The former enclaves of Bangladesh and India existed as de facto stateless spaces for almost seventy years before they were exchanged and merged with the host state territories in 2015. Because of their extraterritorial existence , land ownership and transactions remained effectively a local affair in the enclaves. After the exchange, however, encla...
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Ethnographers are often faced with the dilemma of whether to help or not help participants, especially those from the global South conducting fieldwork at “home.” While such dilemmas are frequent, rarely any guideline directly engages with them. In this brief paper, I engage with the ethical dilemma of whether to help research participants during f...
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The former border enclaves of Bangladesh and India, which were small pieces of one state entirely surrounded by the other, existed as extraterritorial spaces from 1947 until 2015. Since these spaces were subject to state violence but remained completely excluded from the protections provided by courts, police, and government, they have historically...
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Drawing on a fourteen-month ethnographic fieldwork experience along the border of Bangladesh and India, I offer a narrative of daily challenges and uncertainties in the ‘field’. Highlighting my positionality and reflexivity, I suggest that first, although a researcher may use social capital to gain access, it may raise concerns regarding the genuin...
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Structuration Theory provides a theoretical approach that aims at understanding how individual agents and social structure together play a role in making and maintaining the larger social order. The most significant intervention of the theory is that it solves the classic duality of agency versus structure by putting equal emphasis on both. Althoug...
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Bangladesh and India exchanged all of their 162 border enclaves in 2015 after 70 years of protracted negotiations. This paper offers an explanation as to why these enclaves were exchanged and why it took so long for the exchange to be executed. In so doing, I offer the concept of “symbolic spaces” to demonstrate that in postcolonial South Asia, enc...
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After almost seventy years of protracted negotiations, Bangladesh and India exchanged all their border enclaves in the summer of 2015. Nearly 55,000 enclave residents living in these small pieces of lands, both in Bangladesh and India, were given the option to choose their state of citizenship. An overwhelming majority chose to stay where they were...
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A web-based intervention on borders and borderwork in South Asia
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The world is experiencing one of the largest movements of people in history with 65 million people displaced by conflict in 2015, the majority of which were from Asia. This book brings a deep engagement with individuals whose lives are shaped by encounters with borders by telling the stories of a poor Bangladeshi women who regularly crosses the Ind...
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After a complex and protracted negotiation for almost 70 years, Bangladesh and India decided to exchange their border enclaves in 2015. Almost 55,000 people were living in these enclaves at the time of exchange and they were given the option to choose their state of citizenship. Drawing on this exchange, this chapter sheds light on how people choos...
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Despite a growing body of work, scholars have rarely engaged with the classic divide of structure and agency in border studies. Drawing on theory of structuration by Anthony Giddens, this article proposes a theoretical approach and/or tool that views borders as the result of a continuous production and reproduction of structure(s) and agents. The f...
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This is an exploratory study to find out how kotis (a category of homosexual) develop their sexual identity in a developing country like Bangladesh, which is predominantly a Muslim society. To do so, the six-stage model of homosexual identity development by Cass was adopted. Face-to-face unstructured interviews were conducted to collect data from 1...

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