When culture trumps ideology : micro-enterprise and the empowerment of women in Bangladesh

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dc.contributor.author Reza, Hasan
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-22T17:20:08Z
dc.date.available 2013-04-22T17:20:08Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.citation Reza, H. (2003). When Culture Trumps Ideology: Micro-Enterprise and the Empowerment of Women in Bangladesh. Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 24(3): 439-459. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10625/50982
dc.description Includes abstract in French en
dc.description.abstract This paper offers a perspective of micro-enterprise as an instrument for facilitating the empowerment of women, as seen through the experiences of women in Bangladesh. It is usual to treat empowerment as an individual pursuit and, therefore, as a particularized endeavour that is of a short-term and potentially temporary nature. This, by implication, diminishes the importance of structural approaches to changes in society that have long-term and quasi-permanent consequences. The article distinguishes between the woman as a person and the social nature of her existence. Empowerment is situated in the context of two importantparameters: (1) culture is seen as the sign$cant environmental variable - as opposed to the conventional posture of ideology (for example, capitalism) as dominant; (2) the group and the constituent members are treated as subjects in the discourse on development - as opposed to being treated as objects. The resulting focus is on the woman as a member of a household and a chosen community that generate social income and social capital. The article uses first-person narratives as evidence of women's ownership of their empowering experiences. en
dc.format Text en
dc.format.extent 1 digital file (p. 439-459) en
dc.format.mimetype Application/pdf
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject BANGLADESH en
dc.subject WOMEN en
dc.subject MICROENTERPRISES en
dc.subject EMPOWERMENT en
dc.subject WOMEN'S RIGHTS en
dc.subject WOMEN WORKERS en
dc.subject POVERTY ALLEVIATION en
dc.subject ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN en
dc.subject CREDIT en
dc.subject SMALL ENTERPRISES en
dc.subject MICROCREDIT en
dc.subject WOMEN IN DEVELOPMENT en
dc.title When culture trumps ideology : micro-enterprise and the empowerment of women in Bangladesh en
dc.type Journal Article (peer-reviewed) en
idrc.project.number 100821
idrc.project.title IDRC Corporate Awards 2001-2002 en
idrc.dspace.access IDRC Only en
idrc.rims.adhocgroup IDRC SUPPORTED en
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