PhD Graduate M. Omar Faruque on subaltern resistance and politics

December 9, 2019 by Susha Guan

Ph.D. Graduate M. Omar Faruque published an article in Asian Journal of Political Science, entitled "Mining and Subaltern Politics: Political Struggle against Neoliberal Development in Bangladesh." The article examines  Bangladeshi resistance to a multinational coal mining company.

Omar Faruque received his Ph.D. in June 2019. He successfully defended his dissertation entitled, Mining Capitalism and Contentious Politics in Bangladesh.

The full text of the article can be accessed through the Asian Journal of Political Science here. We have included the citation and abstract below.

Faruque, M. O. (2017). Mining and Subaltern Politics: Political Struggle against Neoliberal Development in Bangladesh. Asian Journal of Political Science, 1–22.

Drawing on social movement scholarship, this paper analyses subaltern struggles against a multinational mining company. The Phulbari coal mine is the centre of contention between the mining company and local/national activists. Local concerns about the dispossession of lands and livelihoods and environmental destruction have been merged with a Leftist political agenda on the growing vulnerability of the state and national sovereignty in the Global South. A close examination of the movement's discourses suggests that a broader political struggle against resource plunder and energy imperialism has been strengthened by local community resistance to an environmentally destructive coal mine. Based on in-depth qualitative interviews, I analyse how activists have created new meanings of the conflict to confront and delegitimize hegemonic discourses of capitalist development and modernity.

Read the full article here.