History and Institutions in the Rebuilding of Social Capital after Forced Resettlement in the Philippines and Indonesia

Melissa Quetulio Navarra*, Anke Niehof, Wander van der Vaart, Hilje van der Horst, Hester Moerbeek

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Resettlement results in the loss of social capital from which poor households can draw resources for sustenance, survival and wellbeing. While Putnam deems social capital formation as pre-determined by a community’s history of civic engagement, the institutional view argues that social capital is generated through the institutions’ interventions. Utilising a comparative approach involving two resettlement sites, one in the Philippines and one in Indonesia, this article presents findings on the explanatory power of these two perspectives. The Philippine case is greatly influenced by the institutional interventions while the Indonesian case testifies to the validity of the theoretical perspective of Putnam.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1392-1405
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Issue number8
Early online date6 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018


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