Social Formation in Dhaka, 1985-2005: A Longitudinal Study of Society in a Third World Megacity

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By the middle of the twenty-first century, more than fifty per cent of the world's population will live in an urban environment. Most of this new urban growth will take place in Asia and Africa, yet most governments in these two continents seem woefully unprepared for the challenges they will face in providing their urban citizens with the basic services and security from poverty, environmental degradation and crime. It is in this context that in-depth studies which lay bare the contours and characteristics of society and institutions in the urban setting of Third World countries assume importance and urgency. Most studies on urbanisation in developing countries concentrate on slums and shanty towns in isolation from the rest of the society. By contrast, Social Formation in Dhaka, 1985-2005 analyses urbanisation and urban society in a holistic manner, connecting the poor with the non-poor and delineating the change agents of the city. As the first longitudinal study of the social structure of any Third World Megacity, this book will be of interest to urban sociologists, policy-makers, NGOS, and researchers engaged in understanding the development in cities in the global south.

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1 An Introduction and an Overview of Dhaka City
2 Methodology Used for Information Collection
3 A General Household Survey GHS of Dhaka City 19852005
4 The Residents of Dhaka Citys Government Quarters
5 The Educated Middle Class of Dhaka City
6 The Richest People of Dhaka City
7 The Formal Sector Poor of Dhaka City
8 The Informal Sector Poor of Dhaka City
12 Major Findings and Concluding Remarks
Appendix I Various Classifications of Dhaka City and Adjoining Areas
Appendix II General Household Survey Questionnaire
Appendix III Instructions for Investigators
Appendix IV Places of Interest in and Around Dhaka City
Appendix V A List of Organisations Directly Concerned with Dhaka City
Appendix VI Glossary of Abbreviations and Local Terms

9 Beggars Prostitutes and Criminals of Dhaka City
10 Special Areas and Groups in Dhaka City
11 The Power Structure and Change Agents in Dhaka City

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Kamal Siddiqui is Associate Professor and Director of the Governance Programme at the University of South Pacific, Fiji. Jamshed Ahmed is Director of the National Institute of Local Government, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Kaniz Siddique is Professor of Economics at North-South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Sayeedul Huq is Director of the National Institute of Local Government, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Abul Hossain is Research Fellow at the Power and Participation Research Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Shah Nazimud-Doula is Assistant Director of the National Institute of Local Government, Dhaka, Bangladesh and Nahid Rezawana is Lecturer in Geography, Dhaka University, Bangladesh.

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