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Sharp knives and blunt instruments: social capital in development studies

| By Anthony Bebbington | Antipode 34(4): 800-803 | Introduction: Social capital is a fascinating and perplexing concept—not only (and perhaps not even mainly) because of its strengths or weaknesses qua concept, but also because of the vibrancy and virulence of the debates to which its post-Putnam popularization has given rise. I have encountered and been part […]

Peasant federations and rural development policies in the Andes

| By T. Carroll and A. Bebbington | Published in Policy Sciences, Vol 33, No 3/4, 2000: 435-457 | Abstract: This chapter focuses on a special type of structural social capital embedded in second-tier indigenous peasant federations in the Andean countries. It first examines the manifestations of this social capital and then goes on to analyze […]

Capitals and capabilities: a framework for analysing peasant viability, rural livelihoods and poverty

| By Anthony Bebbington | Published in World Development Vol. 27(12); 2021-2044 | Abstract: On the basis of themes emerging in current debates on rural development in Latin America, this paper develops an analytical framework for analyzing rural livelihoods in terms of their sustainability and their implications for rural poverty. The framework argues that our analyses of […]

Social capital, development and access to resources in highland Ecuador

| By A. Bebbington and T. Perreault | Published in Economic Geography, Vol. 75 (4): 395-418 | Abstract: Building on recent statements calling for greater emphasis on the roles of organized actors and civil society in development research, in this paper we analyze the utility of themes raised in current debates on social capital for pursuing such […]

Sustaining the Andes: social capital and rural regeneration in Bolivia

|By Anthony Bebbington | Mountain Research and Development, Vol. 18(2):173-181 | Abstract: This paper extends debates about social capital to an analysis of the role of local institutions in establishing environmentally-sustainable development in the Bolivian Andes. Currently, neo-liberal orthodoxies assume an Andean environmental crisis without acknowledging that local adaptation by local inhabitants may reduce exposure to risk, and […]

Indigenous Irrigation Organizations and the Formation of Social Capital in Northern Highland Ecuador

| By T.Perreault, A. Bebbington and T.Carroll | Published in the Conference of Latin American Geographers Yearbook, Volume 24: 1-16 | Abstract: Recent debates on the role of social capital in development are of relevance to nature-society analysis within geography because they highlight the ways in which forms of social organization can increase the effectiveness, equity and […]

Social capital and rural intensification: local organizations and islands of sustainability in the rural Andes

| By Anthony Bebbington | Published in Geographical Journal, July 1997 vol. 163 (2): 189-197 | Abstract: While the general image of much of the Andes is one of poverty, environmental degradation and out-migration, and of rural economies that refuse to develop self-reinforcing and inclusive forms of growth, islands of sustainable intensification of rural land use and […]