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Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh

Lamia Karim


In 2006 the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh won the Nobel Peace Prize for its innovative microfinancing operations. This study of gender, grassroots globalization, and neoliberalism in Bangladesh looks critically at the Grameen Bank and three of the leading NGOs in the country. This book offers a new perspective on the practical, and possibly detrimental, realities for poor women inducted into microfinance operations. In a series of ethnographic cases, this book 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 u ... More

Keywords: Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, Nobel Peace Prize, microfinancing, NGOs, capitalist expansion, gender, globalization, neoliberalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816670949
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816670949.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lamia Karim, author