n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - Poverty and social vulnerability of stone quarry workers in Bangladesh : an ethnographic study

Volume 5, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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Stone quarry is a prominent business to promote the national economy of Bangladesh in terms of producing cement for construction works. Stone workers occupied a large scale of professional community due to increasing number of stone quarries in Bangladesh. This business contributing a lot to meet the local demand of stone and stone products and exporting in abroad is under processed which will enable us to earn a staggering amount of foreign currency. But the stone quarry activities are facing both challenges and opportunities having various negative impacts on the ecology and environment, especially on the human rights of the quarry workers. The objective of this study is to investigate how stone quarry workers are marginalized in terms of work opportunity, income and social amenities leading them to be vulnerable and why they continue to work years long with minimal facilities provided by owners. This study is conducted following both qualitative and quantitative research approach based on primary and secondary data. To validate research data methodological triangulation is applied for the collection of field data. An in depth interview guide and observation have been considered in this study as the most important and befitting data collection tools. 120 quarry workers have been selected from Bholagonj, Sylhet quarries as the sample population through simple random sampling method. The study findings revealed that the socio-economic conditions of the quarry workers are miserable and precarious. They live and work in risky and unhygienic environment and routinely exploited and harassed by the owners, local authorities and local gangs. Furthermore, the study findings will hopefully be a guideline for future researchers and academics opening up the horizon of original knowledge which is assumed to pave the way for further study on the very issue in a different angle calling attention to policy makers regarding the problems of stone quarry workers.

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