Credit to Capabilities: A Sociological Study of Microcredit Groups in India

Credit to Capabilities: A Sociological Study of Microcredit Groups in India

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Paromita Sanyal
Cambridge University Press, 12/11/2014
EAN 9781107077676, ISBN10: 1107077672

Hardcover, 336 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
Language: English

Credit to Capabilities focuses on the controversial topic of microcredit's impact on women's empowerment and, especially, on the neglected question of how microcredit transforms women's agency. Based on interviews with hundreds of economically and socially vulnerable women from peasant households, this book highlights the role of the associational mechanism - forming women into groups that are embedded in a vast network and providing the opportunity for face-to-face participation in group meetings - in improving women's capabilities. This book reveals the role of microcredit groups in fostering women's social capital, particularly their capacity of organizing collective action for public goods and for protecting women's welfare. It argues that, in the Indian context, microcredit groups are becoming increasingly important in rural civil societies. Throughout, the book maintains an analytical distinction between married women in male-headed households and women in female-headed households in discussing the potentials and the limitations of microcredit's social and economic impacts.

1. The global trajectory of microcredit
2. Agency
3. Converting loans into leverage
4. The power of participation
5. Microcredit and collective action
6. Culture and microcredit
why socio-religious dimensions matter
7. Loans and well-being
8. Interpreting microcredit
beyond the salvation/exploitation alternatives
9. Epilogue
the future of microcredit.