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Muntasir Masum

 

Department of Sociology

 

University of Dhaka

 

Dhaka - 1000, Bangladesh

 

muntasirm@du.ac.bd | (+880) 1911 54 50 98

EDUCATION

 

 

 

2012

M.A. Sociology, Department of Sociology, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON,

 

Canada.

 

GPA: 9.14/12.00

2009*

M.S.S. Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

Thesis: Flexible accumulation through real estate investment: the case of

 

Bangladesh.

 

CGPA: 3.98/4.00; (4.00/4.00, evaluated to Canadian standard by WES, Toronto)

2008*

B.S.S. (Honors) Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka,

 

Bangladesh

 

Thesis: Globalization and Commercialization of Culture: Analyzing Consumer Attitude

and Response of the Youth of Dhaka City.

 

Result: First Class 2nd Position; (4.00/4.00, evaluated to Canadian standard by WES, Toronto)

 

*Due to university session-jam, Master’s and Bachelor’s result publications were delayed and were awarded in 2012 and 2010 respectively.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

 

Geography of Cities

Digital Technologies

Surveillance

Smart City

Big Data

 

ACADEMIC AFFILIATION

Aug.2014 – Present.       Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka.

 

May.2014 – Aug.2014 Lecturer, Department of Political Science and Sociology, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

 

EMPLOYMENT

Nov.2013 - Apr.2014       Research Associate, Urban Research and Development Society, Dhaka

 

Sept.2011 - Aug.2012     Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology, McMaster University

 

Apr.2010 - July.2010       Research Assistant, Human Development Research Center (HDRC), Dhaka

 

Jan.2010 - Apr.2010 Research Intern, National Institute of Population Research and Training, Dhaka

 

REFERRED PUBLICATIONS

 

Masum, Muntasir. 2015. “The Process of Capital Accumulation through Real-Estate Development: the case of Dhaka City.” Social Science Review 32(2):195-210.

Description: Can real-estate development take place without dispossession? Perhaps not. State mechanism of the global south has produced contradictory dichotomies of real- estate development on one hand and dispossession on the other. Over the years, governments in Bangladesh has gradually limited their roles in ensuring housing needs while being replaced by the private housing companies. Built on David Harvey's analyzes of urban space and the reinvestment of capital into the secondary circuit, this paper discusses flexible accumulation by dispossession in conjunction with the real-estate housing development of urban Dhaka. This qualitative research combines secondary archival data with primary data and argues that urban real-estate projects have created distinctive investment opportunities and facilitated capital accumulation and dispossession. The analysis shows that speculative gain drives conspicuous consumer practices and real-estate companies. The spatial production process triggers housing investment to close the rent-gap and creates a built environment that aid the generation of high-rent as exchange value. Bureaucratic ambiguities among the government agencies and the urban development policies have remained vague; however, such elusive mechanism supports rampant private real-estate development, and capitalist accumulation and appropriation. In Bangladesh, unlike other countries of the world, the coalition of the power elites, the subtle changes in urban renewal policies, the monetary transaction/bribery, and the urban governance have always been a gray area and continue to be at present. Thus, the inaccessibility of the official archival data and the refusal of the real-estate companies to co-operate limited the research scope. The paper concludes by suggesting urban policy changes to ensure accountability and to limit flexible accumulation, and by emphasizing on government housing projects instead of private real-estate housing projects to avoid the discontents of capitalism.

 

Masum, Muntasir. 2010. “Globalization and Commercialization of Culture: Analyzing the Consumer Attitude and Response of the Youth of Dhaka City.” The Global Studies Journal 3(3):71-81. Description: Since the 1990s, globalization has had strong influences on the social, economic

 

and cultural sphere of Bangladesh, more specifically, on the lives of its young generation. A quantitative approach with self-administered survey questionnaire was used to conduct this research. This study is an attempt to delve into the issue how global culture, rooted in globalization, created zeal in changing consumer attitude and response of the youth in Bangladesh by promoting similar patterns of information and communication exposure, consumption of food, trendy fashion, westernized and fusion music, and family ties and life. These are a mere reflection of what Wallerstein, Rosenau, Gilpin, Held, Appadurai and Giddens thought predominant factors to evaluate system encouraging chains between the core and peripheral producers and consumers. Based on empirical data, this study thus concludes that consumer attitude and response of the youth of Dhaka City is mediating the relationship between globalization and commercialization of Culture.

 

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

 

2016

“Biometric Technology and Mass Surveillance: Challenges and Opportunities in

2016

Bangladesh,” Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka, Principal Investigator.

“Interlocking Directorates and (dys)-Functional Democracy in Bangladesh,”

2015-16

Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka, Principal Investigator .

“Theorizing Dhaka City,” Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka, Principal

2015-16

Investigator.

“Transformation of Urban Space in Dhaka City,” Department of Sociology,

 

University of Dhaka, Principal Investigator.

 

 

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

 

2011-12

 

Graduate Scholarship, School of Graduate Studies, McMaster University

2011-12

 

Teaching Assistantship, Department of Sociology, McMaster University

2011

 

The Barkley's of Avonmore Bursary, McMaster University

2010

 

Graduate Merit Scholarship, Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka

2009

 

Undergraduate Merit Scholarship, Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka

TEACHING

 

 

 

 

Fall 2016

SOC 253: URBAN SOCIOLOGY

 

 

The course examines the city as a social structure; how cities form, how they

 

 

operate, how they are structured and how individual behave within the city

 

 

environment.

Winter 2015

SOC 354: URBAN GOVERNANCE AND PLANNING (Co-taught)

 

 

The course aims to explain the issues of urban governance and planning in

 

 

the new social and political contexts. It is based on the frameworks of

 

 

neoliberal cities, apocalyptic urbanism and insurgent citizenships recently

 

 

emerged in the contexts of the cities of the North and the South.

Fall 2014

SOC 122A: SOCIOLOGY OF ENVIRONMENT

 

 

This course focuses on the structural issues in human society and how those

lead to environmental degradation. By incorporating theories, the course content puts emphases on the policies and planning regarding the governance of the environment.

 

PRESENTATIONS AT CONFERENCES

2015

Everyday Life in the 21st Century City, Florence, Italy. July 17-19

 

Paper: Capital Accumulation through Real Estate Investment.

2014

Seventh International Conference on Global Studies, Shanghai, China. June 19-21

 

Paper: Neoliberal Restructuring and Labor Market Segregation in North America.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION

2015

American Sociological Association (ASA)

2015

International Sociological Association (ISA)

2015

Research Committee on Sociology of Urban and Regional Development RC21

2011-Present    Bangladesh Sociological Association (BSA)