Resilient and Resourceful? A Case Study on How the Poor Cope in Kerala, India

Thomas, Bejoy K and Muradian, Roldan and Groot, Gerard de and Ruijter, Arie de (2010) Resilient and Resourceful? A Case Study on How the Poor Cope in Kerala, India. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 45 (1). pp. 29-45.

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In the backdrop of the popularization of social capital, it has become fashionable in development circles to highlight the resilience of the poor in the midst of stresses and shocks as well as their resourcefulness. Expressing scepticism, this article argues that social capital is a ‘conditional’ resource for the poor, availability of which is dependent on the presence of a ‘critical mass’ of other resources. The State plays a pivotal role in creating this ‘critical mass’. Household level case studies from a village in Kerala, India, on how the poor cope with vulnerable situations, are used to illustrate this point.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: coping • India • Kerala • social capital • vulnerability
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Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2013 07:33
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