Transnational social capital: the socio‐spatialities of civil society

Peck, Sarah (2020) Transnational social capital: the socio‐spatialities of civil society. Global Networks, 20 (1). pp. 126-149. ISSN 1470-2266

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Civil society remains a contested concept, but one that is widely embedded in global development processes. Transnationalism within civil society scholarship is often described dichotomously, either through hierarchical dependency relations or as a more amorphous networked global civil society. These two contrasting spatial imaginaries produce very particular ideas about how transnational relations contribute to civil society. Drawing on empirical material from research with civil society organizations in Barbados and Grenada, in this article I contend that civil society groups use forms of transnational social capital in their work. This does not, however, resonate with the horizontal relations associated with grassroots globalization or vertical chains of dependence. These social relations are imbued with power and agency and are entangled in situated historical, geographical and personal contexts. I conclude that the diverse transnational social relations that are part of civil society activity offer hope and possibilities for continued civil society action in these unexpected spatial arrangements.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Civil Society, Civil Society Organizations (Csos), Global Development, Social Capital, Space, The Caribbean, Transnationalism
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
L600 Anthropology
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2020 10:41
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 18:18

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