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Everyday Forms of Collective Action in Bangladesh: Learning from Fifteen Cases

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dc.contributor.author Davis, Peter en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:16:40Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:16:40Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-02-12 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-02-12 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4401
dc.description.abstract "This paper examines fifteen cases of collective action in six villages in rural Bangladesh. Collective action was defined broadly and identified from significant episodes in previous life-history research in the same villages. The types of collective action identified were catalyzed by marriage; dowry and domestic violence; disputes over land; illness, injury and death in accidents; and theft and cheating. The role of development NGOs was less significant than would be expected considering their visibility in rural Bangladesh. The study suggests that 'everyday forms' of collective action often occur spontaneously and informally, with significant impact on peoples' wellbeing, but with ambiguous outcomes for some poor people involved. This is a different picture that is usually understood in Bangladesh--due to the visibility of NGOs--particularly by outsiders. Local government elected chairs and members play a key role in collective action events, which often include local arbitration, or shalish, hearings. A deeper understanding of how collective disputes and struggles are commonly managed in everyday life should help us to hold a more realistic view of the empowerment potential of interventions aimed at fostering collective action in rural Bangladesh." en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CAPRi Working Paper, no. 94 en_US
dc.subject collective action en_US
dc.subject social behavior en_US
dc.subject norms en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.title Everyday Forms of Collective Action in Bangladesh: Learning from Fifteen Cases en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries CGIAR System-wide Program on Property Rights and Collective Action, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country Bangladesh en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth January en_US

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