United They Survive

United They Survive : Redistribution, Leadership, and Human Services Delivery in Rural Bangladesh

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United They Survive examines the relationship between rural elites and the impoverished majority in contemporary Bangladesh. This relationship is both demonstrated and reinforced by the traditional practices of dana-pana (giving-taking) and dan-khairat (redistribution) that operates between the classes. Showkat Khan argues that the culturally mandated redistribution of wealth from rich to poor is not only vital to the survival of most rural Bangladeshis but also determines the shape of local politics. Moreover, these redistributive practices instill a sense of unity among members of the village community, regardless of personal wealth or status. This book will have especially strong appeal for anthropologists, international social workers, scholars of South Asia, and community organizers in the United States and abroad.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 104.1 x 172.7 x 20.3mm | 226.8g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739100505
  • 9780739100509

About Showkat Khan

Showkat Khan received an M.S.W. and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Syracuse University. He currently resides in Malone, New York.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Study Area Chapter 3 Analysis of Leadership in Kushiara: The Gonnahmannah Lok Chapter 4 Kinship, Dana-Pana and the Unity: The Inclusive System Chapter 5 Economic Bases of Leaders' Power in Kushiara Chapter 6 The Language of Dan-Khairat and the Avoidance of Kriponota Chapter 7 Human Services Delivery and kushiara Leadership: The Practice of Dan-Khiarat Chapter 8 Conclusion and Policy Implication
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