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Kip Jorgensen - Blog 5: Tea stall: Three Perspectives (Part 2)

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In this blog  portion of my Capstone project, I analyze the most ubiquitous feature of Dhaka's urban food system: the tea stall. The tea stall plays a wide variety of roles in Dhaka, ranging from providing low-cost nutrition to contesting the construction and occupation of public space.

Part 2 provides an ethnographic study of the tea stall from 3 perspectives: 1) The Tea Stall (contestation of public space); 2) The Tea Seller (tea selling as a livelihood strategy); and 3) The Tea Drinker (food security and the social practice of 'adda'.

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Kip Jorgensen - Blog 4: Urban metabolisms: Food systems and security in Dhaka

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In this blog  portion of my Capstone project, I analyze the most ubiquitous feature of Dhaka's urban food system: the tea stall. The tea stall plays a wide variety of roles in Dhaka, ranging from providing low-cost nutrition to contesting the construction and occupation of public space.

Part 1 provides an overview of Dhaka's food system in general, its formal vs. informal nature, and the status of food security in the city. 

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Kip Jorgensen - Blog 3: Brief by policy: Constraints of the Climate Assessment Form

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In this installment of my Capstone project I present a climate change assessment report for Dhaka, Bangladesh. In addition to examining current and projected climatic change for the megacity, its impacts, and Dhaka's socio-ecological vulnerability, I call into question the impact that the assessment report's form has on the information conveyed. 

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Kip Jorgensen - Blog 2: Power, Mobility, and Access to the City

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In this segment of my Capstone project I explore environmentally-induced rural-to-urban migration as a process of urbanization, and how populations' socio-ecological engagement with the city is structured - focusing specifically on the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. While migrants are frequently disempowered and exploited in urban centres, movement may also allow for adaptation, resistance, and subversion. 

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Kip Jorgensen - Blog 1: Differing Nature of Dhaka

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In my first blog, I explore the field of urban political ecology and its applicability to Dhaka in analyzing the interplay between environmental change and power. Incorporating critiques and efforts to 'provincialize' the study, I outline the theoretical foundation of my Commonwealth capstone project.

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Kip Jorgensen - Podcast 1: Predeparture Interview with Roxanne Power

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In my first podcast for the upcoming 2015 internship placement, Roxanne Power asks me a few questions about myself and my upcoming internship with BRAC, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

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Kip Jorgensen - Podcast 3: Basic Bangla

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"Languages are jealous sovereigns, and passports are rarely allowed for travellers to cross their strictly guarded borders" said Rabindranath Tagore, the Bengal poet and Nobel laureate. Difference in language is one of the most fundamental - a divide which remains unabridged by technology and good intentions. Language is perhaps the greatest obstacle facing a CAPI intern during their placement abroad, posing both practical and existential challenges.

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Kip Jorgensen - Blog Post 2: Dhaka Megacity: Process and impacts of rapid growth in Bangladesh's capital

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Dhaka is a city bursting at the seams. Every day the city staggers under its own weight; the paralyzed traffic, poor resistance to environmental stresses, and rolling black-outs are daily occurrences. As a visitor one could easily mistake the extreme size and busyness of the city as part of its inherent character. Yet I was surprised to learn that the rapid urbanization and growth of Dhaka, and the ensuing problems, are a relatively recent phenomenon, emerging and intensifying in the last few decades.

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Kip Jorgensen - Podcast 2: Ramadan in Bangladesh

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In this, my second podcast for the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives, I discuss the recently-concluded Holy Month of Ramadan. A time of spiritual re-commitment for Muslims, Ramadan is also a month of community. In this theme I have included portions of conversations shared during Iftar. This podcast will briefly describe the month of Ramadan in Bangladesh, and what it means for a CAPI intern.

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Kip Jorgensen - Blog Post 1: "Breaking the "Conspiracy of Silence": The Bihari Refugees and RMMRU

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Controversy still surrounds the events of June 14th, the Muslim festival of Shab-e-Baraat. On this night of revelry and prayer, 10 members of the Bihari refugee community were killed in the Mirpur area, Dhaka. While the smoke of fireworks and the darkness have lifted, the facts have remained obscured due to alleged misconduct by authorities and misreports by media. This blog post will briefly detail who the Biharis are, the two versions of the murders, and the implications for Bangladesh.