Traditions in Flux: Global Impact on Religio-Cultural Foundations and the Future of Nationalism in Bangladesh

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Authors: Bobby Hajjaj
Page Range: 19-54
Published in: Current Politics and Economics of South, Southeastern, and Central Asia
ISSN: 2157-6270

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In keeping with the topic of the volume, this chapter shall attempt at an elucidation of the future of nationalism in a non-Western nation. Nationalism is inherently a socio-political phenomenon and as such, ever-changing. This chapter shall focus on the nature of national identities and nationalist ideologies that preponderate in Bangladesh, and attempt at identifying future changes that might become manifest, with specific emphasis on the impact of global media and technological trends, development of political Islam, and South Asian regional politics.

The foundations of any nationalism are based on a set of core myths and traditions, which are malleable over time. This chapter shows the critical links between new global trends including (i) algorithms, filter bubbles, and media consumption in the age of the internet, (ii) global media perceptions and the flowering of political Islam, and (iii) the interconnections between these two and regional South Asian politics, that is changing the core foundational myths of nationalism in Bangladesh. Thus, elucidating some possible futures of nationalism in Bangladesh.

Keywords: identity politics, Bangladesh, political Islam, surveillance capitalism, filter bubbles