Interrogating Social Capital: The Indian Experience

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Critically examining the concept of social capital in the Indian context, this volume uses three types of case studies. These include: micro-studies in rural India; sectoral studies in the areas of joint forest management, environment and education; and macro-studies of human development indicators that have a dimension of social capital.

Overall, the book demonstrates that civil society in India is mediated by unequal relationships of hierarchy, power and domination, and moreover, it is a society undergoing rapid changes. It therefore highlights the limitations of deploying a theoretical construct in such circumstances.

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Dwaipayan Bhattacharyya is Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. He did his doctoral research on the agrarian politics of the Left at the University of Cambridge, UK, and taught at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, for close to a decade. His main interests are related to democracy, decentralization, civic community and political mobilization in recent times.

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The lucid language in which the essays are written and the supporting tables and figures make the book interesting to read. There is a free and continuous flow of issues and thoughts in the book. The field-based critique of the theory of social capital in an Indian (non-Western) setting is the most appealing feature of the book....The book deals with a subject that is so relevant to development, and looks at an attribute that may contribute to the greater effectiveness of development programmes and anti-poverty efforts.

--Journal of Social and Economic Development

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Book Description Sage Publications, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: New. Recent years have seen the concept of social capital gain increasing currency, besides courting controversy, both in academic social science writing and in the development discourse of multilateral donor agencies. It has been viewed as an explanation for both the flourishing of democracy and economic development, and therefore as the potential key to successful development practices in the developing world. Presenting varied experiences of the interaction between social capital and the democratic functioning of a variety of institutions in India, the essays in this volume subject the notion of social capital to close and thorough scrutiny. The critique of social capital that this volume provides is strongly anchored in empirical case studies of three kinds: - field-based micro-studies in rural areas - sectoral studies in the areas of joint forest management, environment and education - macro-studies which relate indicators of human development to dimensions of social capital The contributors explore central issues concerning the inter-relationship between social capital and democracy. Additionally, they address important questions such as: Does social capital inhere in some communities and associations and not in others? Can it be `constructed` and, if so, which are the agencies best suited to do so? Printed Pages: 335. Seller Inventory # 89896

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