Drawing upon ethnographic descriptions of three grassroots ethnic organizations, which work for indigenous peoples in promoting economic livelihood, education and strive for social justice, this book investigates the possibilities and challenges of alternative development.
M. Saiful Islam is an anthropologist and assistant professor of Development Studies at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was the former Head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University Brunei Darussalam. His research interests include alternative development; cultural dimensions of health and illness; health, environment and sustainable development; migration and gender.
1. Introduction: Rethinking Orthodox Development
2. NGOs and Development Practices
3. Promoting Economic Livelihood
4. Educating the Indigenous People
5. Striving for Social Justice
6. Ethnic Organizations and Alterative Development Discourse: Possibilities and Challenges