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BRAC, Global Policy Language, and Women in Bangladesh
Transformation and Manipulation
BRAC, Global Policy Language, and Women in Bangladesh
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Manzurul Mannan - Author
Price: $90.00 
Hardcover - 393 pages
Release Date: October 2015
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-5783-3

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Paperback - 393 pages
Release Date: July 2016
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-5784-0

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A critical examination of the impact of BRAC, the world’s largest NGO, on the status of women in Southern Bangladeshi cultural life.

Founded in 1972 and now the largest NGO in the world, BRAC has been lauded for its efforts aimed at lifting the poor, especially women, out of poverty. In BRAC, Global Policy Language, and Women in Bangladesh, Manzurul Mannan—while not denying the many positive accomplishments of BRAC—places the organization under a critical microscope. Drawing on his experience as a Bangladeshi native and BRAC insider, Mannan provides unique insights into not only BRAC’s phenomenal growth and its role in diffusing western and development ideologies but also, more importantly, how target populations have been affected culturally and socially. He explains how BRAC has employed western ideas, theories, and philosophies of agency when engaging in development interventions in even the remotest villages, seeking to transform social structures, women’s status, and the local polity. The resulting intermingling of exogenous perspectives with local knowledge leads to a degree of inconsistency and dissonance within BRAC’s own operations, while generating opposition from local commoners and elites. Cautionary yet hopeful, the book advocates greater cultural sensitivity as a way to mitigate conflict between BRAC and the constituencies it serves.

“This book makes a highly original contribution to the small but growing anthropological literature on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) … This book helps us to better understand why and how NGOs like BRAC have effects that go way beyond the stated aims of development projects and interventions.” — Pacific Affairs

Manzurul Mannan is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Independent University, Bangladesh.


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Table of Contents

List of Diagrams and Tables
Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

2. Mining Fieldwork Experience to Enhance Anthropology and Development

3. History of Development and NGOs in Bangladesh

4. NGOs, Programs, and Projects

5. The Organizational Culture of BRAC

6. Cooperative Antagonism: Researchers versus Managers

7. Society and Village Organization

8. Microcredit and Morality of Money

9. BRAC and the Making of Religious Opposition

10. Conclusion

Appendix 1
Appendix 2

Notes
Glossary of Terms
Bibliography
Index


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