Cultures of caste and rural development in the social network of a south Indian village

Arora, Saurabh and Sanditov, Bulat (2015) Cultures of caste and rural development in the social network of a south Indian village. Sage Open, 5 (3). ISSN 2158-2440

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Abstract

Cultures of caste in much of rural India have become entangled with institutions of rural development. In community-driven development, emphasis on “local resource persons” and “community spokespersons” has created new opportunities for brokerage and patronage within some villages, which interact with existing forms of authority and community afforded by caste identity and intra-caste headmanship. In this article, we study how these entangled cultures of caste and development translate into social network structures using data on friendship ties from a south Indian village. We find that although caste continues to be important in shaping community structures and leadership in the village’s network, its influence varies across different communities. This fluidity of caste’s influence on community network structures is argued to be the result of multiple distinct yet partially overlapping cultural-political forces, which include sharedness afforded by caste identity and new forms of difference and inequality effected through rural development.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Saurabh Arora
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2015 10:09
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 09:24
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58067

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