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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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Why did you write this book?
We have worked as a team for many years now, doing field visits to all parts of Bangladesh. We've been doing these studies on behalf of international development organizations such as UNICEF, WaterAid, CARE, and the World Bank. The countryside is beautiful, and the people we meet are hospitable and generous with their time. They have shared their views, their frustrations, and their hopes. We have become more and more fascinated with the unique ways that they think about water, and we want to share what we have learned. Most of us have taken pictures, and we want to share those as well.
Do you think the people you work for will be interested in this book?
We are trying to bridge the gap between folk thinking and the scientific views of the engineers and other water specialists working in the large development organizations. These scientists do not usually go into village homes and learn people's views as we have done. We have discovered some problems, some misunderstandings that need to be addressed. The organizations we work for mostly have welcomed our information.
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Water Culture in South Asia: Bangladesh Perspectives
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,170. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2014 by Development Resources Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Anthropology / Cultural, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Applied Sciences
“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.

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Water Culture in South Asia: Bangladesh Perspectives
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,170. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2014 by Development Resources Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Anthropology / Cultural, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Applied Sciences
“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.

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