Disability and Rehabilitation: an Ethnography of the “Center for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed” in Bangladesh

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Disability and Rehabilitation: An Ethnography of the “Center for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed” in Bangladesh

by Farjina Malek

Health and Society in South Asia Series, no. 8
edited by William Sax, Gabriele Alex and Constanze Weigl
ISSN 2190-4294

Disability and Rehabilitation: An Ethnography of the ‘Center for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed’ in Bangladesh.

Master Thesis in partial fulfillment for the award of a Master of Arts degree in Health and Society in South Asia at Heidelberg University 26th February, 2010

Submitted by Farjina Malek

Supervisors: Dr. Gabriele Alex Prof. Dr. William S. Sax

Name, first name - Malek, Farjina

DECLARATION

For submission to the Examination Committee

Regarding my Master’s Thesis with the title:

Disability and Rehabilitation: An Ethnography of the ‘Center for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed’ in Bangladesh.

I declare that 1) it is the result of independent investigation 2) it has not been currently nor previously submitted for any other degree, 3) I haven’t used other sources as the ones mentioned in the bibliography. Where my work is indebted to the work of others, I have made acknowledgement.

Heidelberg, 26.02.10

(Candidate’s signature)

Acknowledgment
I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all those who helped me to complete this thesis. I am deeply obliged to my supervisors Prof. Dr. William S. Sax and Dr. Gabriele Alex for their assistance and valuable suggestions. Also I would like to thank Constanze Weigl for helping me from the beginning to the end of my thesis. I want to thank all the members of CRP for their logistic supports during my fieldwork. My deepest thanks would go to the patients and staff of half way hostel at CRP; particularly to Aminul, Lokman and Rakib Vai.

My deepest appreciation to all my friends and classmates of Masters of Arts in Health and Society in South Asia (MAHASSA); especially to Gen. She edited my thesis proposal. For editing the whole thesis, I would like to thank to my three friends name Mohi, Ratul and Munif. They did a wonderful job by reading and correcting my grammars. I would also like to thank everybody who was important for this thesis, as well as expressing my apology that I could not mention personally one by one.

I am deeply indebted to my husband Labib for his continues support in my work. He is a great inspiration for my work.

Table of Content

a) Declaration b) Acknowledgement c) Table of contents -----------------------------------------------------------i-ii d) Abstract ----------------------------------------------------------------------iii-iv

1. Chapter One: Introduction 1.0 Introduction ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 1.1 Research Objectives -------------------------------------------------------------- 1 1.2 Preliminary Work on the Research Topic ------------------------------------- 2 1.3 Literature review and the rationalization of the study ---------------------- 3-10 1.4 Chapter plan of the study ----------------------------------------------------- 10-11

2. Chapter Two: Data Sources and Data Collection Methods 2.0 Introduction ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 12 2.1 My field -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12-15 2.2 Entering to the field --------------------------------------------------------------- 15 2.3 Data collection technique ------------------------------------------------------ 16-20 2.4 The limitation and the advantage of my field...
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