Water Culture in South Asia: Bangladesh Perspectives

“Water is life” in Bangladesh. Based on five researchers’ long-term involvement with water development programs, this book introduces the reader to the vast range of meanings that water has in this South Asian country, where village women struggle daily for access to safe supplies. Mythology, ancient sciences, folklore, and language provide a cultural foundation for water's uses in the home. More

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Suzanne Hanchett is the senior author of the book, "Water Culture in South Asia: Bangladesh Perspectives." She is a social anthropologist with a doctorate from Columbia University. She is a Partner in the consulting firm, Planning Alternatives for Change LLC and a Researcher at the Center for Political Ecology. She has done basic and applied research on social structure, gender, and poverty-related issues in Bangladesh, India, and several other countries. She is the author of a book on symbolism of home-centered Hindu myths and rituals in Karnataka State, India ("Coloured Rice," 1988). Since 1997, she has been working with water and sanitation programs and arsenic mitigation projects in Bangladesh. She has served as Team Leader for several applied studies conducted together with the other authors of the Smashwords edition of "Water Culture in South Asia."

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