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Article: Gender ideology, microcredit participation and women's status in rural Bangladesh

TitleGender ideology, microcredit participation and women's status in rural Bangladesh
Authors
KeywordsBangladesh
Gender
Ideology
Microcredit
Participation
Issue Date2013
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd..
Citation
International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 2013, v. 33 n. 1/2, p. 45-62 How to Cite?
AbstractPurpose – Microcredit has become a popular tool for women's socioeconomic development across the globe. The purpose of this study is to examine the influences of gender ideology on women's microcredit participation and their status within the household in rural Bangladesh. Design/methodology/approach – The study adopted a cross-sectional design. Data were collected from 342 randomly selected married men in five northwest villages. A path analysis was conducted to test the hypothesized model. Findings – Almost 52 percent of the married women were microcredit-borrowers. However, in 81 percent of cases the loans were fully controlled by their husbands. This study indicates that low socioeconomic status influences women borrowing loans while conservative gender ideology constrain them from using the loans. It also appears that their husbands' liberal gender ideology facilitates women's use of loans (active microcredit participation), which in turn improves their status as household co-breadwinner. Research limitations/implications – Though the study is based on men's reports and also correlational (not inferential) by nature, it provides a comprehensive understanding about the way microcredit intervention has been practiced in rural Bangladesh. This may have significant policy and practical implications. Practical implications – The study discuses under what conditions microcredit intervention can contribute to improve women's status in rural Bangladesh. It is recommended that microcredit intervention should address patriarchal ideology by creating an environment where people may have a chance to re-think the importance of women's roles and contributions. Originality/value – The study is original in the linking of theory, policy and practice in the context of patriarchal ideology and microcredit interventions for enhancing women's status in rural Bangladesh.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/188222
ISSN
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.361

 

DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorKarim, KMR-
dc.contributor.authorLaw, CK-
dc.date.accessioned2013-08-22T08:26:24Z-
dc.date.available2013-08-22T08:26:24Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 2013, v. 33 n. 1/2, p. 45-62-
dc.identifier.issn0144-333X-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/188222-
dc.description.abstractPurpose – Microcredit has become a popular tool for women's socioeconomic development across the globe. The purpose of this study is to examine the influences of gender ideology on women's microcredit participation and their status within the household in rural Bangladesh. Design/methodology/approach – The study adopted a cross-sectional design. Data were collected from 342 randomly selected married men in five northwest villages. A path analysis was conducted to test the hypothesized model. Findings – Almost 52 percent of the married women were microcredit-borrowers. However, in 81 percent of cases the loans were fully controlled by their husbands. This study indicates that low socioeconomic status influences women borrowing loans while conservative gender ideology constrain them from using the loans. It also appears that their husbands' liberal gender ideology facilitates women's use of loans (active microcredit participation), which in turn improves their status as household co-breadwinner. Research limitations/implications – Though the study is based on men's reports and also correlational (not inferential) by nature, it provides a comprehensive understanding about the way microcredit intervention has been practiced in rural Bangladesh. This may have significant policy and practical implications. Practical implications – The study discuses under what conditions microcredit intervention can contribute to improve women's status in rural Bangladesh. It is recommended that microcredit intervention should address patriarchal ideology by creating an environment where people may have a chance to re-think the importance of women's roles and contributions. Originality/value – The study is original in the linking of theory, policy and practice in the context of patriarchal ideology and microcredit interventions for enhancing women's status in rural Bangladesh.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd..-
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Sociology and Social Policy-
dc.subjectBangladesh-
dc.subjectGender-
dc.subjectIdeology-
dc.subjectMicrocredit-
dc.subjectParticipation-
dc.titleGender ideology, microcredit participation and women's status in rural Bangladeshen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailLaw, CK: hrnwlck@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/01443331311295172-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84878861227-
dc.identifier.hkuros218928-
dc.identifier.volume33-
dc.identifier.issue1/2-
dc.identifier.spage45-
dc.identifier.epage62-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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