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VOLUME 3 (2001), ISSUE 5  (SUMMER)






Many developing countries have been experiencing uncontrolled urban growth and an increasing gap between urban and rural areas in terms of population and resource distribution, and service availability. This growth and increasing polarization has been found to have significant impacts on the legitimacy of core values manifest at both societal and individual levels.

The research reported in this article investigates the outcome of uncontrolled urban growth of the capital of city (Dhaka) of Bangladesh on resident's value systems. The objective of the article is to examine the association between the experience of anomie and quality of life of adults aged 25 years and above living in Dhaka. It also investigates the extent to which there appears to have been a breakdown of resident's core values of cultural globalization. 


Urban Growth - Anomie - Quality of Life


Syeda HOSSAIN is a lecturer of Sociology in the School of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Sydney, Australia. She has more than 17 years of lecturing and research experience in the fields of sociology, health and demography. She is a Vice President of the Asia-Pacific Sociological Association (APSA). Syeda HOSSAIN’s research interests focus on women and children’s health, reproductive behavior, cross-cultural issues of health and illnesses, urban growth, anomie, and quality of life. 

Syeda AKTHER is a research fellow at Association for Poverty Alleviation and Nature Conservation (APNAC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is a member of APSA. Her interests are in urban sociology, sociology of development, quality of life, health sociology, and organizational sociology.


This article is a revised version of a paper presented to the Conference on Transitions in Asia Pacific Societies, 4th Conference of the Asia Pacific Sociological Association, 14-16 September 2000, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan. The research is an extension of Asia Pacific Anomie Research Project (APARP) funded by the Swiss Academy for Development (SAD).


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