A Quiet Violence: View from a Bangladesh Village

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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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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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