Struggling for survivability or managing governance? Resistance of the jute community of Bangladesh

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Based on the case of movement organised by the workers against the state order of closing down and privatisation of State Owned Jute Mills (SOJMs) of Khalishpur, the paper contributes in the domain of critical management studies where we can locate discussion on social movements of the affected community for their livelihoods and broadly for social justice against the prescribed formulas of market-centric reforms, globalisation and development initiatives in the context of global south. Analysis of the collected narratives indicates that survivability of the community is intrinsically linked with the survival of the mills and hence, survivability is perceived as the condition of resistance, while the dynamics of resistance of the jute mills workers as a community is grounded in the historical, political and cultural context of Bangladesh – a postcolonial state. Drawing from the Marxist analytical framework the paper argues how experience of market- centric industrial restructuring of the last twenty years has raised consciousness among the workers about their survivability and mobilised them for organising movement, and that influences the governing mechanisms of the mills. Concurrently, the perspectives of subaltern studies on social movements helps in conceptualising the contextual conditions of resistance and the hegemony of the jute mill workers in socio-political realm of the country. This article contributes in Banerjee’s (2011) discussions and call for undertaking ethnographic research on organisation of resistance, and also seeking to contribute to empirical studies in the subaltern context.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2015: Opening Governance - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Duration: 7 Aug 201511 Aug 2015
Conference number: 75


ConferenceAnnual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2015
Abbreviated titleAoM 2015
CityVancouver, British Columbia
OtherThe 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management will be held August 7-11, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The program theme is Opening Governance. The 2015 theme invites members to consider opportunities to improve the effectiveness and creativity of organizations by restructuring systems at the highest organizational levels, and to try to answer the many questions organizational governance faces in today's digital and informational climate.
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Alamgir, F. (2015). Struggling for survivability or managing governance? Resistance of the jute community of Bangladesh. Abstract from Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2015, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.