The Chittagong Hill Tracts: a case study in the political economy of 'creeping' genocide
UNSPECIFIED (1999) The Chittagong Hill Tracts: a case study in the political economy of 'creeping' genocide. In: 2nd Conference of the Association-of-Genocide-Scholars, CONCORDIA UNIV, MONTREAL, CANADA, JUN, 1997. Published in: THIRD WORLD QUARTERLY, 20 (2). pp. 339-369.Full text not available from this repository.
The destruction of indigenous, tribal peoples in remote and/or frontier regions of the developing world is often assumed to be the outcome of inexorable, even inevitable forces of progress. People are not so much killed, they become extinct. Terms such as ethnocide, cultural genocide or developmental genocide suggest a distinct form of 'off the map' elimination which implicitly discourages comparison with Other acknowledged examples of genocide. By concentrating on a little-known case study, that of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in Bangladesh, this article argues that this sort of categorisation is misplaced. Not only is the destruction or attempted destruction of fourth world peoples central to the pattern of contemporary genocide but, by examining such specific examples, we can mol-e clearly delineate the phenomenon's more general wellsprings and processes. The example of the CHT does have its own peculiar features; not least what has been termed here its 'creeping' nature. In other respects, however, the efforts of a new nation-state to overcome its structural weaknesses by attempting a forced-pace consolidation and settlement of its one, allegedly, unoccupied resource-rich frontier region closely mirrors other state-building, developmental agendas which have been confronted with communal resistance. The ensuing crisis of state-communal relations, however, cannot be viewed in national isolation. Bangladesh's drive to develop the CHT has not only been funded by Western finance and aid but is closely linked to its efforts to integrate itself rapidly into a Western dominated and regulated international system. It is in these efforts 'to realise what is actually unrealisable' that the relationship between a flawed state power and genocide can be located.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (UNSPECIFIED)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor|
|Journal or Publication Title:||THIRD WORLD QUARTERLY|
|Number of Pages:||31|
|Page Range:||pp. 339-369|
|Title of Event:||2nd Conference of the Association-of-Genocide-Scholars|
|Location of Event:||CONCORDIA UNIV, MONTREAL, CANADA|
|Date(s) of Event:||JUN, 1997|
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