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Destination Dhaka: Urban Migration: Expectations and Reality

Anwara Begum (Author)
Synopsis This study, which incorporates extensive primary data, centres on the expectations of migrants in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The research findings of this book suggest that key hypotheses put forward to explain migration, are not entirely satisfactory. Although migrants experience an economic need, by no means all are reacting solely to that economic necessity. Nor are all migrants in possession of transferable skills, or entrepreneurial. Many migrants in the study tend to be illiterate, unskilled and even old and handicapped. They are ill equipped for the city, and it is paradoxical therefore that they should migrate. Yet they migrate with expectations of a better life. It is these expectations which are focused upon, as the primary objective in the study. A further objective is the mapping out of an appropriate theoretical framework. Theoretical and empirical studies in the migration literature reveal that the issue of poor migrants has not been adequately addressed. New investigation was required into the reasons why migrants are continuing to move to a life of poverty in the city.
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About the author

Anwara Begum

Professor, Political Science, Chittagong University, Chittagong, Bangladesh, received her Ph.D. from The University of Arizona (USA), M.A. from Villanova University (USA), and M.S.S. from Dhaka University (Bangladesh).  In addition to her first book, Inter-Republican Cooperation of the Russian Republic (1997), she has published numerous journal articles in Bangladesh, India, United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.  Her research interests include identity politics, leadership, women and politics, and media politics.  One of her recent publications is Asian Women Leaders: A Comparative Study of the images of Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh (2006).  She is currently working on a book titled, "Looking in the Broken Mirror: Politics of Identity Deconstruction in Bangladesh".

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Bibliographic information

Title Destination Dhaka: Urban Migration: Expectations and Reality
Author Anwara Begum
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 984051480X
length xvii+194 p.