'Selling Our Own Skin:' Microcredit, Depeasantization And Social Dispossession In Rural Bangladesh
This thesis examines testimonies of microcredit borrowers in Bangladesh to explore how microcredit is implicated in dispossession of borrowers' means of production and social reproduction in rural communities. It does this by expanding on contemporary theories of depeasantization through a feminist political economy approach to social reproduction, which offers the opportunity to understand modes of dispossession taking place beyond the realm of commodity production. In recent years, research on microcredit has highlighted new forms of subject-making employed by microcredit and other NGO entrepreneurship development programs. These developments have received insufficient attention in scholarship on agrarian change, both globally and in specific places. By reflecting on the ways in which microcredit is implicated in dispossession in rural Bangladesh, the case study sheds light on neoliberal capital accumulation, NGO developmentalism, and the ways in which they are co-constituted.
microcredit; depeasantization; social reproduction
Wolford, Wendy W.
M.S., Development Sociology
Master of Science
dissertation or thesis