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WIDER Working Paper;2020/42

Riots and Social Capital in Urban India

Published on 1 January 2020

This paper explores the relationship between household exposure to riots and social capital in urban India using a panel dataset collected by the authors in the state of Maharashtra.The analysis applies a random-effect model with lagged covariates to estimate the exogenous effect of riots on social capital.

Households living in neighbourhoods prone to riots are more likely to invest in bridging social capital by joining community organisations but reduce face-to-face contact with neighbours. These effects are driven largely by levels of neighbourhood social fragmentation in riot-prone neighbourhoods. There, the salience of social identity is also reduced as individuals attempt to reach out across social divisions.

We interpret these results as indicating that households instrumentally use bridging forms of social capital as an insurance against potential future communal violence in socially fragmented contexts where conflicting social groups live alongside each other.

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Aghajanian, A.; Justino, P. and Tranchant, J.P. (2020) Riots and social capital in urban India, WIDER Working Paper 2020/42, Helsinki: UNU-WIDER

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Patricia Justino

Professorial Fellow

Alia Aghajanian

Research Consultant at UNU-Wider

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Jean-Pierre Tranchant

Research Fellow

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published by
UNU-WIDER
doi
10.35188/UNU-WIDER/2020/799-6
isbn
978-92-9256-799-6
issn
1798-7237
language
en_US

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