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Remittance Income and Social Resilience among Migrant Households in Rural Bangladesh

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Mohammad Jalal Uddin Sikder, Vaughan Higgins, Peter Harry Ballis
    Pages 1-19
  3. Mohammad Jalal Uddin Sikder, Vaughan Higgins, Peter Harry Ballis
    Pages 21-79
  4. Mohammad Jalal Uddin Sikder, Vaughan Higgins, Peter Harry Ballis
    Pages 81-118
  5. Mohammad Jalal Uddin Sikder, Vaughan Higgins, Peter Harry Ballis
    Pages 119-162
  6. Mohammad Jalal Uddin Sikder, Vaughan Higgins, Peter Harry Ballis
    Pages 163-190
  7. Mohammad Jalal Uddin Sikder, Vaughan Higgins, Peter Harry Ballis
    Pages 191-215
  8. Mohammad Jalal Uddin Sikder, Vaughan Higgins, Peter Harry Ballis
    Pages 217-225
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 227-281

About this book

Introduction

This book examines how migrant remittances contribute to household social resilience in rural Bangladesh. Using a mixed methods approach, the authors show that remittances play a crucial role in enhancing the life chances and economic livelihoods of rural households, and that remittance income enables households to overcome immediate pressures, adapt to economic and environmental change, build economic and cultural capital, and provide greater certainty in planning for the future. However, the book also reveals that the social and economic benefits of remittances are not experienced equally by all households. Rural village households endure a precarious existence and the potentially positive outcomes of remittances can easily be undermined by a range of external and household-specific factors leading to few, if any, benefits in terms of household social resilience.

Keywords

Remittances Migration Livelihood Social Resilience Bangladesh Migrant Households

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.General Education DepartmentUniversity of Liberal Arts BangladeshDhakaBangladesh
  2. 2.School of Humanities and Social SciencesCharles Sturt UniversityWagga WaggaAustralia
  3. 3.Gipsland CampusFederation University AustraliaChurchillAustralia

About the authors

Mohammad Jalal Uddin Sikder is an assistant professor at the General Education Department at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) as well as a senior research fellow at the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has published several books and articles on migration, remittances, and development and climate change in respected international journals. He has also been involved in a number of studies under the Migration out of Poverty RPC at the University of Sussex, UK.

Vaughan Higgins is an associate professor of sociology at Charles Sturt University, Australia. His research interests encompass the sociology of science and technology, and the sociology of agriculture and food. He is co-editor of Food Security in Australia: Challenges and Prospects (2012), Assembling Neoliberalism: Expertise, Practices, Subjects (2017) and author of a wide range of journal articles.

Harry Ballis was head of Gippsland Business School, Federation University, Australia. Prior to that he worked as a senior lecturer in sociology at the School Applied Media and Social Sciences (SAMSS), Monash University, Australia. His research interests are in the areas of accounting and accountability; sociology of religion; work and organisations; and sociology of health. His recent publications include: Ethno Medicine and Dominant Medicine in Multicultural Australia: A Critical Realist Reflection on the Case of Korean-Australian Immigrants (2007); Challenge and Excitement – part one: Loving and Hating Rural Medicine (2009).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Remittance Income and Social Resilience among Migrant Households in Rural Bangladesh
  • Authors Mohammad Jalal Uddin Sikder
    Vaughan Higgins
    Peter Harry Ballis
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-57771-9
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-59241-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-95871-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-57771-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXII, 281
  • Number of Illustrations 13 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Christianity
    Migration
  • Buy this book on publisher's site

Reviews

“Remittance Income and Social Resilience among Migrant Households in Rural Bangladesh is a useful read for migration researchers, development practitioners, and students interested in development studies and livelihoods research. Overall, an engaging read, what adds depth to the analysis are the extensive quotes from migrants and family members left behind and the pictures that give readers, even those unfamiliar with the Bangladeshi or South Asian context, an opportunity to understand local conditions and everyday living.” (Chandni Singh, newbooks.asia, January, 2018)