Lamia Karim: The fall of Muhammad Yunus and its consequences for the women of Grameen Bank.

In 2006 the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh won the Nobel Peace Prize for its innovative microfinancing operations. In March 2011, Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus was ousted as head of the microfinance lender by the Bangladesh government, which owns 25% of the company. The government claims Yunus, 70, is far past its country’s mandatory retirement … More Lamia Karim: The fall of Muhammad Yunus and its consequences for the women of Grameen Bank.

Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi women count money for repayment to a microcredit bank. Author Lamia Karim’s new book asks why we know so little about microfinance’s consequences. Image source. In 2006 the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh won the Nobel Peace Prize for its innovative microfinancing operations. Lamia Karim, associate professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Oregon, … More Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh

How the Philippine government propagates a model of "labor brokerage," even in a time of global economic crisis.

Robyn Magalit Rodriguez is assistant professor of sociology at Rutgers University. She is author of Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World. ——- Despite an unprecedented global economic crisis, Filipinos are leaving the Philippines in the thousands for employment in hundreds of countries overseas. It seems rather paradoxical; how is … More How the Philippine government propagates a model of "labor brokerage," even in a time of global economic crisis.

Q&A with Thomas Lamarre: How does anime speak to the world?

This week’s Q&A is with Thomas Lamarre, professor of East Asian studies, art history, and communications studies at McGill University and author of The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation (November 2009). Q: How does anime speak to the world? A: Former Prime Minister Asô Tarô’s appointment of the beloved manga and anime character … More Q&A with Thomas Lamarre: How does anime speak to the world?