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​Seminar on “The Security of Agency: Towards a Sociology of Poverty” by Professor Geoff Wood

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Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies organized a seminar on “The Security of Agency: Towards a Sociology of Poverty”  presented by Professor Emeritus Geoff Wood from the University of Bath, held on Wednesday, 9 March, 2016 at 3.00 PM at the BIDS Conference Room. The eminent Social Anthropologist argued that, poverty in Bangladesh remains largely under-estimated, as the vulnerable groups who might slip into poverty anytime are not counted officially. Since poverty has several different dimensions, just an official figure to measure poverty (e.g: poverty line) might not be enough to justify the existing social phenomena of the poor. He also added, poor people are widely dependent upon other power-holders of the society. Through placing themselves into a dependent relationship with the power-holders, the poor feels secure. The session was chaired by the Director General of BIDS, Dr. KAS Murshid and was followed by an interactive QnA session with scholars and researchers

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