|Rethinking Rural Poverty
Bangladesh as a Case Study
edited by Hossain Zillur Rahman and Mahabub Hossain
ISBN 984 05 1290 0 1995 308pp 215x136mm HB Tk.400.00 US$25.00
Lacking neither in will nor in initiative, a majority of the rural population in the developing world nevertheless continues to live bleak lives full of deprivation and vulnerabilities. Today, poverty remains the single most important challenge for much of the developing world. Viewing poverty as a multidimensional reality, this book provides a penetrating look at this most serious of contemporary problems. Taking Bangladesh as a case study, it highlights the many facets of poverty as a state and as a process. The seventeen original essays in this volume, based mostly on a nationwide survey of households, extend conventional economic analysis in several new directions, most notably in the analysis of routine crises, ecological reserves, differentiation of the poor, and the political economy of poverty alleviation.
Empirically rich and based on primary data, this volume deals with the methodological challenges of rural poverty research, offering innovative contributions in the use of self-evaluations by the rural poor. Indeed, a critical argument throughout the book is the need to see the poor not as passive clients for assistance but as social actors whose initiative, capacities and labour power can serve as perhaps the biggest assets in the struggle against poverty
With its multidisciplinary approach and original insights, this book will be of considerable interest to scholars in the disciplines of economics, development studies, sociology and anthropology.
Hossain Zillur Rahman is presently Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Dhaka and combines degrees in economics and political sociology. In a research career spanning nearly two decades, Dr. Rahman has been a consultant to various international bodies including DANIDA, Asian Development Bank and SIDA. He has written extensively and has previously authored The State of Basic Social Services in Bangladesh; Critical Review of Studies on Agrarian Structure in Bangladesh; and Field Research and Rural Poverty: Dialogues on Methodology.
Mahabub Hossain is Economist and Head, Social Sciences Division, International Rice Research Institute, Manila. Previously he has been Director General of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Dhaka, and a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, DC. His recent works on Rural Infrastructure, Grameen Bank credit programme and Green Revolution in Bangladesh have been published as IFPRI Research Reports. He has co-authored The Strategy of Development in Bangladesh published by the MacMillan Press and the OECD Development Center.
Omar Haider Chowdhury
Hossain Zillur Rahman