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Microcredit and Women's Empowerment : A Case Study of Bangladesh - Aminul Faraizi

Microcredit and Women's Empowerment

A Case Study of Bangladesh

Hardcover Published: 20th December 2010
ISBN: 9780415584906
Number Of Pages: 160

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This book investigates the claims of the success of microcredit, as well as critiques of it in the context of womena (TM)s empowerment. Using the case study of Bangladesh and based on a long term participatory observation method, the book establishes that the success stories of the microcredit programme are blown out of proportion. The dynamics of collective responsibility for repayment of loans by a group of women borrowers a " usually seen to be a tool for success of microcredit a " is in fact no less repressive than traditional debt collectors. Microcredit does produce a kind of disciplined self, but recipients also employ their own agency in resisting this disciplinary power. Results also show that the neoliberal policy of privatisation of welfare enables capitalism to extend its control to the poorest, most deprived of the world without breaking down the cultural barriers which keep women subjugated.

This book denies the universal applicability of the microcredit model to the causes and alleviation of the conditions of the poor, and, as it represents an aid practitioner working within Bangladesh questioning that universal applicability, it stands to make a worthwhile contribution to development debates, challenging adherents to more closely specify those conditions under which microcredit does indeed have validity.

List of illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Provenance of poster and web materialsp. xv
The empowerment projectp. 1
Microcredit as an empowerment strategyp. 9
Unpacking microcredit discoursesp. 26
Implanting microcredit: BRAC and Grameen Bank officersp. 57
Envisioning microcreditp. 81
The false promise: microcredit and empowering poor women in rural Bangladeshp. 112
table of income, land ownership and occupation of Korai households (in 2005)p. 119
the 16 decisions of the Grameen Bankp. 121
Notesp. 130
Bibliographyp. 131
Indexp. 139
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ISBN: 9780415584906
ISBN-10: 0415584906
Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 20th December 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 15.49  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1