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Deterritorialised Identity and Transborder Movement in South Asia

  • Nasir Uddin
  • Nasreen Chowdhory

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Transborder Mobility, Borders, and Citizenship Dilemmas

  3. Everyday State and Statelessness

  4. The Making and (Un)Making of Borders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Biswajit Mohanty
      Pages 113-131
    3. B. K. Upendra Bahadur
      Pages 133-151
  5. Migration in South Asia

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 227-228

About this book


This volume is about migration across South Asia and the complex negotiation of borders by people and the states in the process. A border is understood as a form of demarcation, but it also opens up the flow of people, goods, and ideas of legality and illegality. Borders are dynamic and dyadic in the interface of state and non-state actors involved in border operations. Consequently, transborder movement becomes a complex web involving concerns of security, trade, militancy, and questions of citizenship, along with discourses of ghettoisation, belonging and otherness. Since the mid-20th century, the South Asian region has witnessed growing social and political instability and breakdown of regional cooperation. In this context, the volume casts a wide, interdisciplinary lens across South Asia and discusses economic migration as well as forced migration due to persecution and natural disasters. It looks at how understandings of ‘territoriality’ and ‘border’ become blurred due to increasing transborder migration in the region: how states in South Asia address transborder movements at both policy level and on the ground; and how borderlands become spaces for illegal trade and informal economy in South Asia and for negotiations between states and refugees on identity and citizenship.

This highly topical volume is for a wide group of scholars and students interested in South Asia, ranging from sociology, anthropology, political science, history, to interdisciplinary fields like migration studies, peace and conflict studies, and development studies. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Nasir Uddin
    • 1
  • Nasreen Chowdhory
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of ChittagongChittagongBangladesh
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of DelhiDelhiIndia

About the editors

Nasir Uddin is a Cultural Anthropologist and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.   

Nasreen Chowdhory is a Political Scientist and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Delhi, India.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Deterritorialised Identity and Transborder Movement in South Asia
  • Editors Nasir Uddin
    Nasreen Chowdhory
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-2777-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-2778-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 228
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Migration
    History of South Asia
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