Negotiating Adolescence in Rural Bangladesh

A Journey through School, Love and Marriage

Nicoletta Del Franco

Negotiating Adolescence in Rural Bangladesh

Nicoletta Del Franco

Distributed for Zubaan Books

280 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2012
Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9789381017173 Published February 2014 World sales rights except India
Throughout South Asia, young men and women are pursuing new educational opportunities and getting married later. These changes, Nicoletta del Franco contends, have cleared new paths toward adulthood—ways of passage whose complex implications have not been fully explored.

In Negotiating Adolescence in Rural Bangladesh, she fills this gap, documenting the realities of daily existence for young people as they navigate their lives amid the profound socioeconomic tumult of southwestern Bangladesh. Del Franco focuses on three main areas of these adolescents’ lives: college and student existence; same-sex and opposite-sex friendships and relationships; and the issues surrounding marriage and the choice of a husband or wife. In the process, she sheds new light on issues that affect adolescents not only in Bangladesh but also across South Asia.

One of the first books to address what it means to be young in today’s Bangladesh, this volume will appeal to students and scholars of Asian studies, gender studies, and sociology.


1. Adolescence, Self and Social Relations

2. The Village and the Area:

Livelihoods and Economic Relations

3. ‘Let Life Go, Preserve Your Honour’:

Hierarchy Status and Power in Tarapur

4. The Changing Transition to Adulthood and the Emergence of Adolescence

5. Being a College Student:

New Social Spaces and New Forms of Consciousness

6. Living, Writing, Dreaming ‘Love’:

The Hidden (?) World of ‘Lines’

7. Biye Dewa (To Give in Marriage) and Biye Kora (To Marry): Adolescent Girls’ Experiences

8. Conclusion



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