The Social Complexity of Woman and Child Valuation in Rural Bangladesh
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[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This dissertation is about the lives of women and girls during a period of economic and demographic change in rural Bangladesh. This bulk of this change, often referred to as economic development, occurs at the intersection of social and economic institutions at a time when agricultural modes of production are being replaced by wage labor within a globalizing labor market. The lived experiences of this change are structured by family and kinship arrangements, ideology, history, tradition, and deeply-internalized gender norms. The purpose of this research is to document via ethnographic methods several important local effects of the shift to a wage-based economic mode from the perspective of women in terms of their roles as wives, mothers, and daughters.
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