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Prologue

Stuart Rutherford

in The Pledge: ASA, Peasant Politics, and Microfinance in the Development of Bangladesh

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195380651
eISBN:
9780199869312
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380651.003.10011
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

ASA's origins can be dated to 1978 when a group of young NGO workers in Bangladesh, led by Shafiqual Haque Choudhury, pledged to develop a new sort of NGO. Its aims would be to eliminate poverty and ... More


Renewing the Pledge

Stuart Rutherford

in The Pledge: ASA, Peasant Politics, and Microfinance in the Development of Bangladesh

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195380651
eISBN:
9780199869312
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380651.003.10009
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

This chapter takes us back to the early days of ASA and presents villagers' views on ASA then and now. The chapter also looks at the work of an NGO, Nijera Kori, that is still pursuing ASA's ... More


The Pledge: ASA, Peasant Politics, and Microfinance in the Development of Bangladesh

Stuart Rutherford

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195380651
eISBN:
9780199869312
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380651.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

ASA of Bangladesh recently topped Forbes Magazine's first ever list of the world's best microfinance banks. This was an extraordinary outcome for an organization that had started life in 1978 as a ... More


Development as Struggle

Stuart Rutherford

in The Pledge: ASA, Peasant Politics, and Microfinance in the Development of Bangladesh

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195380651
eISBN:
9780199869312
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380651.003.10004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

In 1978 Choudhury founded ASA, and this chapter recounts ASA's early attempts to foment a peasant-led revolution in the countryside that would lead to a just and egalitarian society. Choudhury led a ... More


Development as Delivery

Stuart Rutherford

in The Pledge: ASA, Peasant Politics, and Microfinance in the Development of Bangladesh

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195380651
eISBN:
9780199869312
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380651.003.10005
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

Disappointed with ASA's program of social action, and fearing that his donors would desert him, Choudhury turned ASA into a more conventional NGO that delivered services in the countryside, mostly in ... More


The Turn

Stuart Rutherford

in The Pledge: ASA, Peasant Politics, and Microfinance in the Development of Bangladesh

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195380651
eISBN:
9780199869312
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380651.003.10006
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

In 1991 Choudhury's resistance to microcredit collapsed. Indeed, he saw opportunities in microcredit that had not been seized by early pioneers such as Grameen Bank and BRAC. He saw ways to make ... More


The Decade of Growth

Stuart Rutherford

in The Pledge: ASA, Peasant Politics, and Microfinance in the Development of Bangladesh

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195380651
eISBN:
9780199869312
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380651.003.10007
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

From the mid-1990s, for ten years ASA's microcredit experienced the rapid growth that Choudhury had anticipated. But at the same time ASA learned a great deal about the operation of microcredit, and ... More


Peaks and Troughs

Stuart Rutherford

in The Pledge: ASA, Peasant Politics, and Microfinance in the Development of Bangladesh

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195380651
eISBN:
9780199869312
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380651.003.10008
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

Suddenly in 2007 ASA's growth rate slowed, and it stopped opening new branches. Choudhury feared for the industry, which now began to look saturated, with too many microfinance operators chasing too ... More


An International Brand

Stuart Rutherford

in The Pledge: ASA, Peasant Politics, and Microfinance in the Development of Bangladesh

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195380651
eISBN:
9780199869312
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380651.003.10010
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

ASA has been active overseas since the mid-1990s, mostly as a contractor for microcredit development sponsored by bodies such as the United Nations. But then Choudhury met Dirk Brouwer, a Dutch ... More


Public Sociology: Fifteen Eminent Sociologists Debate Politics and the Profession in the Twenty-first Century

Dan Clawson (ed.)

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520251373
eISBN:
9780520940758
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520251373.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology

In 2004, Michael Burawoy, speaking as president of the American Sociological Association, generated far-reaching controversy when he issued an ambitious and impassioned call for a “public sociology.” ... More


Introduction

Robert Zussman and Joya Misra

in Public Sociology: Fifteen Eminent Sociologists Debate Politics and the Profession in the Twenty-first Century

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520251373
eISBN:
9780520940758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520251373.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology

This chapter introduces the themes and controversies of “public sociology,” focusing on Michael Burawoy. The 2004 meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) was among the most successful ... More


For Public Sociology

Michael Burawoy

in Public Sociology: Fifteen Eminent Sociologists Debate Politics and the Profession in the Twenty-first Century

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520251373
eISBN:
9780520940758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520251373.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology

In its beginning sociology aspired to be such an angel of history, searching for order in the broken fragments of modernity, seeking to salvage the promise of progress. The 2004 ASA annual meetings, ... More


The Strength of Weak Politics

Douglas S. Massey

in Public Sociology: Fifteen Eminent Sociologists Debate Politics and the Profession in the Twenty-first Century

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520251373
eISBN:
9780520940758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520251373.003.0010
Subject:
Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology

This chapter is sympathetic to individual political participation but critical of collective participation by the discipline. It expresses worries that an engaged public sociology will erode ... More


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