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Interrogating Social Capital: The Indian Experience

Niraja Gopal Jayal (Editor) Sudha Rai (Editor) Dwaipayan Bhattacharyya (Editor) Bishnu N. Mohapatra (Editor)
Synopsis 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 is some communities and associations and not in others? Can it be 'constructed' and, if so, which are the agencies best suited to do so? Perhaps the first book to provide a field-based critique of the theory of social capital in a non-western setting, this insightful volume will be of interest to students and scholars in the fields of development studies, politics and governance. It will be of equal interest to the policy community, international agencies, development professionals and NGOs.
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About the authors

Niraja Gopal Jayal

Niraja Gopal Jayal Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance and Director of the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute for Advanced Study, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Sudha Rai

Sudha Rai, Professor in the Department of English, University of Rajasthan. She is the author off V.S. Naipaul (1982), and Homeless by Choice: Naipaul, Rushdie, Jhabvala (1992). Her present research interests are in the area of “Gender and Diaspora”.

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Title Interrogating Social Capital: The Indian Experience
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178294125
length 335p., Figures; Tables.