A Quiet Violence: View from a Bangladesh Village

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Zed Books, 1983 - Bangladesh - 285 pages
A quiet violence today stalks the villages and shanty towns of the Third World, the violence of needless hunger. In this book, two Bengali-seaking Americans take the reader to a Bangladesh village where they lived for nine months. There, the readers meets some of the world's poorest people - peasants, sharecroppers and landless labourers - and some of the not-so-poor people who profit from their misery. The villager's poverty is not fortuitous, a result of divine dispensation or individual failings of charachter. Rather, it is the outcome of a long history of exploitation, culminating in a social order which today benefits a few at the expense of many.
 

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Contents

THE MAKING OF A VILLAGE
9
BEHIND BAMBOO WALLS
73
THE CLASSES
123
The Padlocked Storeroom
135
Husains Ambitions
144
The Trials of a Poor Peasant Family
160
The Death of a Landless Labourer
169
WHO WORKS? WHO EATS?
177
Land and Labour
194
The Double Edge
214
INTERVENTIONS
229
Little People and Big People
243
Tubewells for the Rich
256
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About the author (1983)

Besty Hartmann and James Boyce lived in Bangladesh and India for several years. They have written for numerous journals on development issues in Asia, notably Le Monde Diplomatique, The Nation and the New Internationalist. Their previous book was Needless Hunger (1979).

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