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social regeneration, economic benefits, positive and negative aspects, indicators of measurement, gender insensitivity and its implications for development policy.
Social capital is characterized by trust, reciprocity and cooperation which are non-material forms of capital, invisible to the eye but having visible effects. Of late, there has been much policy and academic interest in the capacity of social capital to generate micro-level effects such as efficient economics, democratic politics, active communities and broad-based growth.
Debates about social capital as a multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary concept offer ground for sustained interaction and future theoretical development within the areas of social sciences, creating research ties and opening up networking opportunities between disciplines.
The contribution of social capital to economic development can be assessed by considering the role of social cohesion that results from networks of trust and reciprocity in meeting the objectives like poverty alleviation. Social capital positively impacts output by providing human capital and access to other resources including credit. Treating knowledge and health as capabilities, some researchers have found vital links between social capital and Amertya Sen's capability theory.
The book will prove immensely useful to the students and teachers of social sciences, researchers in this field, policymakers, social workers and organisations concerned with social welfare. It will be equally interesting and informative for the general readers.
Dr. K.R. Gupta is a well known Economist. He has published over a dozen books and more than hundred papers in leading journals published in India and abroad. He has been teaching postgraduate classes and guiding research for about two decades in University of Jammu, and Kurukshetra University. He has also worked as an Economist in private as well as public sector. His last assignment was as Economic Advisor to the Modi Enterprises.
Prasenjit Maiti is a political sociologist. He earlier taught and researched at the University of Burdwan during 1995-2002 and was on secondment at the Institute of Federalism of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, as a Doctoral Fellow. He later joined Consulting Engineering Services as a Sociologist. His first book Problems of Governance in India was published in 2002 while his next work Development Discourses was brought out in 2005. Both of his works have received overwhelming response.