1st Edition

The Role of Coloniality, Decoloniality, and Education in Shaping Perspectives on Extremism Exploring Perceptions among Students in Bangladesh

By Helal Hossain Dhali Copyright 2024
    240 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book extends a comprehensive overview of the treatment of extremism in education in Bangladesh, using a study of perceptions among students to explore proactive measures for the prevention of various types and forms of extremism prevalent among youth.

    It offers a critical, holistic, and student-centred study of the role of formal education in shaping perceptions of extremism and intersectional differences among individuals, drawing on data from university students. The author employs post-colonial theory and multicultural educational approaches to highlight how understandings of extremism differ across young adults and policymakers. Ultimately, it demonstrates that students’ overall understanding of extremism is much broader than that of policymakers, and how understandings differ between male and female students at the intersection of rural and urban locations and socio-economic positions. As such, it foregrounds a need to involve and organize formal education as a proactive means to raise awareness and counter all forms of extremism, through incorporating specific teaching strategies into pedagogical practices to foster an anti-communalist, humanistic, critical multicultural, and cosmopolitan outlook among students.

    It will appeal to scholars and researchers with interests across multicultural education, comparative and international education, the sociology of education, extremism, and conflict and peace studies.

    1. Introduction: Context, Concepts, Contributions, and Chapter Synopsys  2. The State, Origin, and History of Extremism and Counter-extremism Measures in Bangladesh  3. Post-colonial Theories and Educational Approaches on the Perceptions of Extremism  4. Methodological Perspectives: An Investigative Framework Based on Institutional Ethnography (IE) and Narrative Inquiry (NI)  5. Analysis of Field Data (1): Perceptions of Extremism Among Young Adults in Bangladesh  6. Analysis of Field Data (2): Role of Formal Education on Shaping the Perceptions  7. Analysis of Field Data (3): Difference in the Perceptions of Extremism Among Individuals at the Intersectionality of Various Social Divisions  8. Paradoxes in the Perceptions of Extremism: A Critical Review  9. Summary, Conclusion, and Recommendations


    Helal Hossain Dhali is a Contract Faculty and Course Lecturer at McGill University and Bishop’s University, Canada, and an Associate Professor at Dhaka University, Bangladesh.