Date of Award
Joshua Hanan, Ph.D.
Articulation, Commensuration, Grameen, Microcredit, Microfinance, Yunus
This thesis analyzes the rhetoric of Muhammad Yunus as an articulation of a new governing logic, one that reconstitutes the concept of poverty and binds the poor to the apparatus of global capitalism through a new logic of micro-enterprise. Working within a Foucauldian critical framework informed by the rhetorical scholarship of Ronald W. Greene and Joshua Hanan, the argument proceeds by first paying careful attention to Yunus' work as constitutive of a new grid of intelligibility through which to view the poor and then demonstrating the application of this reformed discourse on "creditworthiness" in articulating a novel regime of commensuration. This line of reasoning culminates in an examination of the role Yunus' reconstitution of the poor through the logic of micro-enterprise played in implementing an increasingly neoliberal policy framework in apparatuses of international development such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Brooks, Kaleb W., "Debtor's Empowerment: Muhammad Yunus and the Rhetoric of Microfinance" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 90.
Received from ProQuest
Kaleb W. Brooks
Rhetoric, Economics, Communication