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Local agency and structural continuity: views from an SHG-based microcredit scheme in western India

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This article uses Bourdieu and Giddens' perspective of agency to investigate an antipoverty programme of the Indian government that relies on self-help groups for the disbursal of microcredit. Multiple actors impact and refract away from the official agenda of the Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY) scheme in Gujarat. Instead of working towards entrepreneurialism through self-help, actors use the SGSY as a vehicle for populism, rent-seeking and as a saving scheme for children's wedding...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1057/ejdr.2012.40

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, SSD, International Development
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan Publisher's website
Journal:
European Journal of Development Research Journal website
Volume:
25
Issue:
2
Pages:
271-287
Publication date:
2013
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EISSN:
1743-9728
ISSN:
0957-8811
URN:
uuid:b5135b9b-a9c8-43be-b6f6-ff98b9e06431
Source identifiers:
403207
Local pid:
pubs:403207

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