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Bangladesh: Economic, Political and Social Issues
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Editors: Khurshed Alam (Chairman, Bangladesh Institute of Social Research (BISR) Trust, Lalmatia, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Book Description:
Bangladesh as an independent country started its journey just over forty-seven years ago. The country is full of possibilities and challenges. Bangladesh: Economic, Political and Social Issues has been organized around the economic, political and social opportunities and challenges of present Bangladesh. This book is the culmination of twelve chapters by twenty-four authors. Their extensive investigation reveals a lot about the social, political and economic context of Bangladesh.

Since its inception, the Bangladesh economy is largely dependent on the agricultural sector. A good number of authors in this book cover the issue of agricultural sustainability, its achievements, challenges and potentials as well as its extension system. It also reveals the role of women in the agricultural economy.
The book draws the present political state of Bangladesh in relation to its historical background. The clientelism, corruption, extremism, secularism and government system of Bangladesh has been discussed widely by another group of authors.

The technological wave of the global civilization of the twenty-first century is surging in Bangladesh with industrial growth and development. The historical roles of farmers, fishers and other marginal groups are going through a harsh transformation. This book covers the changing social and economic structure of these communities. In recent years, like any other country of the world the climate of Bangladesh has changed a lot. Many adaptation interventions have been undertaken to mitigate the problem. These adaptation interventions and participatory forest (PF) management programs have been included in this book.

It also moves on to the gender issue in agriculture, where a dominant Muslim normative order is prevalent as well as the considerable amount of violence faced by women. (Nova)

Book Reviews

“This up to date book offers valuable new insights into Bangladesh's economic, political and social realities as the country has under gone rapid changes since its formation in 1971. Drawing on the work of
twenty four knowledgeable contributors, Dr Khurshed Alam has assembled an impressive range of contributions on a range of themes including gender, bureaucracy, livelihoods, and religion. Anyone who is interested in this important yet under-studied country should read this book.” - Professor David Lewis, London School of Economics & Political Science, UK

"A useful collection of research papers on contemporary Bangladesh that covers such topics as agriculture, environment, political governance and gender violence." - Nazli Kibria, Professor and Chair of Sociology, Boston University, USA

"Bangladesh: Economic, Political and Social Issues, edited by Khurshed Alam provides a panoramic view of Bangladesh’s dynamic economy; covering agriculture, forestry, fisheries, women’s role in agriculture, climate change, corruption, secularism, and extremism. The volume with contributions of scholars in specialized fields will be of great interest to the scholars as well as to the intelligent readers curious about Bangladesh." - Habibul Haque Khondker, Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

"This is an extremely important book that explores different aspects of contemporary Bangladeshi society, especially its economy, polity. All the essays in this book present detailed ethnographic materials with clarity in conceptual and theoretical framework. It is strongly recommended to anyone doing research on Bangladesh." - Abhijit Dasgupta, Professor, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1. Bangladesh Agricultural Sustainability: Economic, Environmental and Social Issues
(Noor-E-Sabiha, Sanzidur Rahman and Ruhul Salim, Department of Economics, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi, Bangladesh and others)

Chapter 2. Agricultural Economy of Bangladesh at the Crossroads: Achievements, Challenges and Potential for Future
(Sanzidur Rahman and Mohammad Mizanul Haque Kazal, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK, and others)

Chapter 3. Political Economy of Participatory Forestry in Bangladesh
(Kazi Kamrul Islam and Kimihiko Hyakumura, Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Kyushu University, Hakozaki, Higashi, Fukuoka, Japan, and others)

Chapter 4. Effectiveness of Agricultural Extension System in the Implementation of Relevant Policies of Bangladesh
(M. Rezaul Karim and M. Rubayet Al Ferdous Noman, Department of Agricultural Extension, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, Dinajpur, Bangladesh)

Chapter 5. Monitoring and Evaluating Climate Change Adaptation Interventions in Bangladesh: A Review of Selected Government Interventions
(Naznin Nasir, Shababa Haque, M. Feisal Rahman, Alina Schulenburg, and Saleemul Huq, International Centre for Climate Change and Development, Independent University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, and others)

Chapter 6. The Invisible Workforce: Women’s Role in Agricultural Decision-Making and Production in Bangladesh
(Khurshed Alam and Md. Habibur Rahman, Bangladesh Institute of Social Research (BISR) Trust, Dhaka, Bangladesh, and others)

Chapter 7. The War and Its Afterlife in Bangladesh: Of Secularism, Faith and Estranged Siblings
(Chaity Das, Department of English, Kalindi College, University of Delhi, New Delhi)

Chapter 8. Clientelism, Corruption and Kleptocratic Politics in Bangladesh: A Political Economy Analysis
(M. Moniruzzaman, PhD, Department of Political Science, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Chapter 9. Violent and Non-Violent Extremism: The Conceptual and the Applied Domain with Reference to Bangladesh
(Afsan Chowdhury, Professor, Department of English and Humanities, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

Chapter 10. Overcoming Red Tape in Bangladesh: Government Contacts and Personal Ties
(Daniel M. Sabet, Social Impact, Arlington, VA, US)

Chapter 11. "Fringe Fishers Are Slaves of the Water": A Tale of Maritime Anthropology for Small-Scale Fishing in the Bay of Bengal
(Apurba Krishna Deb, C. Emdad Haque, Mahbub Alam and Noman Ahmad Siddiquee, Strategic Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs, Sustainable and Green Initiatives Branch, Department of Sustainable Development, Government of Manitoba, Canada, and others)

Chapter 12. Intimate Partner Violence against Women in Rural Bangladesh
(Md. Shahidul Islam, Bangladesh Institute of Social Research (BISR) Trust, Dhaka, Bangladesh and others)

About the Authors


      Asian Political, Economic and Social Issues
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2018 - October
   ISBN: 978-1-53614-210-5
   Status: AP
Status Code Description
AN Announcing
FM Formatting
PP Page Proofs
FP Final Production
EP Editorial Production
PR At Prepress
AP At Press
AV Available
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04.Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Health: New Research
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