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|Title:||Elite composition and power structure of Chittagong, Bangladesh, 1940-1985|
|Doctoral Committee Chair(s):||Kling, Blair B.|
|Department / Program:||History|
|Degree Granting Institution:||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|Subject(s):||History, Asia, Australia and Oceania
|Abstract:||This dissertation deals with the processes that have shaped and molded the power structure of Chittagong, the principal port city and commercial center of Bangladesh. My approach is to identify the elites and analyze their nature, composition, characteristics and value orientations in order to determine their role in the development of Chittagong. Tracing her evolution from a tiny transit post in the ninth century to an enterprising commercial center in the twentieth century, my focus is on political and social intricacies and complexities that have become routine characteristics of Chittagonian's experience.
Like most other erstwhile colonial cities in South Asia, the evolution of Chittagong can best be viewed as the process of adjustment and accommodation between indigenous and foreign influences. Elites in Chittagong have articulated and defined this process that is further reflected in the city's power structure, which is bound by a host of related and interdependent ties, ranging from personal and kinship connections to socializational and occupational affiliation.
Using statistical models and computer analyses, this dissertation, therefore, will assess the relationship of three political environments (British imperial up to 1947, Pakistani quasi-colonial from 1947 to 1971, and independent Bangladesh since 1971) to the socio-political values, attitudes, and behaviors of indigenous leadership from the perspective of a heterogeneous society characterized by its pluralistic composition.
|Rights Information:||Copyright 1989 Huda, Shamsul|
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2011-05-07|
|Identifier in Online Catalog:||AAI8924845|