Author: Dwaipayan Bhattacharyya
Niraja Gopal Jayal/Bishnu N Mohapatra
Editor(s): Dwaipayan Bhattacharyya / Niraja Gopal Jayal
Publisher: Sage Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0761932860
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?
Introduction DWAIPAYAN BHATTACHARYYA, NIRAJA GOPAL JAYAL, BISHNU N MOHAPATRA and SUDHA PAI
Social Capital, Panchayats and Grassroots Democracy: The Politics of Dalit Assertion in Two Districts of Uttar Pradesh
Democracy and Social Capital in the Central Himalaya: A Tale of Two Villages
NIRAJA GOPAL JAYAL
Social Connectedness and the Fragility of Social Capital: A View from a Village in Orissa
BISHNU N MOHAPATRA
Is Civil Society the Answer?
SUSANNE HOEBER RUDOLPH
Civic Community and its Margins: Schoolteachers in Rural West Bengal
Classes for the Masses? Social Capital, Social Distance and the Quality of the Government School System
Devolution, Joint Forest Management and the Transformation of Social Capital NANDINI SUNDAR
Making Democracy Perform: Human Development and Civic Community in India PETER MAYER
Putnam in India: Is Social Capital a Meaningful and Measurable Concept at the Indian State Level?
Social Network and Protest Movements: The Case of Kerala