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Interrogating Social Capital

Interrogating Social Capital
The Indian Experience

First Edition
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December 2004 | 335 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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.

Dwaipayan Bhattacharyya et al
Sudha Pai
Social Capital, Panchayats and Grass Roots Democracy
The Politics of Dalit Assertion in Two Districts of Uttar Pradesh

Niraja Gopal Jayal
Democracy and Social Capital in the Central Himalayas
A Tale of Two Villages

Bishnu N Mohapatra
Social Connectedness and the Fragility of Social Capital
A View from a Village in Orissa

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph
Is Civil Society the Answer?
Dwaipayan Bhattacharyya
Civic Community and Its Margins
Schoolteachers in Rural West Bengal

Manabi Majumdar
Classes for the Masses? Social Capital, Social Distance and the Quality of the Government School System
Nandini Sundar
Devolution, Joint Forest Management and the Transformation of `Social Capital'
Peter Mayer
Making Democracy Perform
Human Development and Civic Community in India

Renata Serra
`Putman in India'
Is Social Capital a Meaningful and Measurable Concept at the Indian State Level?

Ashok Swain
Social Network and Protest Movements
The Case of Kerala


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.

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ISBN: 9780761932864