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Interrogating Social Capital

Interrogating Social Capital
The Indian Experience

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Development Studies

October 2004 | 335 pages | SAGE India
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.

Journal of Social and Economic Development

Dwaipayan Bhattacharyya

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. More About Author

Niraja Gopal Jayal

Niraja Gopal Jayal is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, JNU, and is also Director of the Ford Foundation project ‘Dialogue on Democracy and Pluralism in South Asia’. Her current research interests include gender and governance, ethnic inequality and the governance of public institutions, and environmental political theory. Among her previous publications are Democracy and the State: Welfare, Secularism and Development in Contemporary India (1999); Drought, Policy and Politics in India (1993, co-authored); Democracy in India (2001, edited); and Democratic Governance in India: Challenges of Poverty, Development,... More About Author

Bishnu N Mohapatra

Bishnu N Mohapatra is Associate Professor at the Centre for Political Studies, JNU, where he has been since 1994. He studied in Orissa, Delhi and Oxford. Besides social and cultural history, his recent interests cover areas like democracy, civil society and governance, social exclusion and indignity. He is also Programme Officer for Local-Global Governance at the Ford Foundation’s South Asia office at New Delhi. More About Author

Sudha Pai

Sudha Pai is Professor at the Centre for Political Studies, JNU. Apart from articles in reputed journals on electoral politics and the party system in India, her recent publications are Dalit Assertion and the Unfinished Democratic Revolution: The Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh (2002) and Democratic Governance in India: Challenges of Poverty, Development, and Identity (2001, co-edited with Niraja Gopal Jayal). Her current interests include issues of governance and globalization in India. More About Author

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