ISBN 9789970024797
Pages 184
Dimensions 254 x 178 mm
Published 2005
Publisher Fountain Publishers, Uganda
Format Paperback

Escaping from Behavioural Poverty in Uganda

The Role of Culture and Social Capital

edited by J.C. Munene, S.H. Schwartz

Approached from a socio-physiological perspective, this study examines with reference to Africa, the role of cultural and social capital in the efforts of individuals, communities and other networks to overcome poverty and achieve a sustainable way of life. Moving beyond the familiar poverty indicators as from a conventional development-economics perspective, the study contests that culture plays a major role in development, as the psychological attitudes that determine human behavior and interaction are usually rooted in the cultural environment. It argues that socio-psychological individuals and their actions are the key to determining livelihoods and influencing communities; and that cultural and social capital - the shared values, knowledge, attitudes and expectations of a group or society - is vital for social cooperation and overall human-centered development.
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