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The Aid LabUnderstanding Bangladesh’s Unexpected Success$
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Naomi Hossain

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198785507

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785507.001.0001

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Aerotropolitans and Cinderellas

Aerotropolitans and Cinderellas

Bangladeshis in the Global Economy

(p.167) 8 Aerotropolitans and Cinderellas
The Aid Lab

Naomi Hossain

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores how Bangladeshis have begun to make their way in and around the global economy, with a look at employment in the readymade garments (RMG) industry, international labour migration, and microfinance. It examines the origins, scale, and social transformations engendered by each of these sectors, in which millions of Bangladeshis have come to be involved. Chapter 8 shows how elite interests were advanced, or not harmed, by the rapid growth of each of these sectors. Despite the benefits each has brought, Bangladeshis are positioned at the bottom of global value chains and, through their employment in each, are exposed to new volatilities and harms from within the global economy, which to date the state has struggled to protect them against.

Keywords:   export sectors, international labour migration, readymade garments, microcredit, global financial crisis

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