Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh

Microfinance and Its Discontents Women in Debt in Bangladesh In the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh won the Nobel Peace Prize for its innovative microfinancing operations This path breaking study of gender grassroots globalization and neoliberalism in Banglad

  • Title: Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh
  • Author: Lamia Karim
  • ISBN: 9780816670956
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 2006 the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh won the Nobel Peace Prize for its innovative microfinancing operations This path breaking study of gender, grassroots globalization, and neoliberalism in Bangladesh looks critically at the Grameen Bank and three of the leading NGOs in the country Amid euphoria over the benefits of microfinance, Lamia Karim offers a timely and soberiIn 2006 the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh won the Nobel Peace Prize for its innovative microfinancing operations This path breaking study of gender, grassroots globalization, and neoliberalism in Bangladesh looks critically at the Grameen Bank and three of the leading NGOs in the country Amid euphoria over the benefits of microfinance, Lamia Karim offers a timely and sobering perspective on the practical, and possibly detrimental, realities for poor women inducted into microfinance operations.In a series of ethnographic cases, Karim shows how NGOs use social codes of honor and shame to shape the conduct of women and to further an agenda of capitalist expansion These unwritten policies subordinate poor women to multiple levels of debt that often lead to increased violence at the household and community levels, thereby weakening women s ability to resist the onslaught of market forces.A compelling critique of the relationship between powerful NGOs and the financially strapped women beholden to them for capital, this book cautions us to be vigilant about the social realities within which women and loans circulate realities that often have adverse effects on the lives of the very women these operations are meant to help.

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  • I agree with the author in many ways, but she's just so terrible that I had to return my copy of this book for fear of giving her money. Not only is the writing bad (and it's bad -- think of the worst scholarly paper you've ever read and it's at least that bad -- and no, I won't take that back because she's not a native speaker -- it's very easy to find ghostwriters these days), but she just hits you over the head with how important the field is, how important her work is, and how important she [...]


  • A well researched ethnographic study on rural Bangladesh and the NGO ecosystem. Yes, as the name suggests, the book is all about all the things that have gone wrong with microfinance institutions in Bangladesh - whether it is the underlying culture, existing poverty or bad governance from MFIs. The book highlights the importance of having consideration for the beneficiary and the environment they live in when you are designing a solution for a social problem. I admit the author is a little extre [...]


  • A good criticism of microcredit in Bangladesh. Very one-sided argument, but necessary to read through Karim's argument because it poses such valid arguments. The first half of the book was better than the latter, though.


  • Not a particularly engaging read (perhaps the author style) but the content itself is useful and very important in criticizing the what is often seen as a panacea in the development world.


  • One of the best ethnography's I've read in a while. An important critique of microfinancing and neoliberal research and development agendas.



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