Mapping social and cultural capital(s) of meos and other households in mewat region, Haryana

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This paper attempts to map the social identities of Meos and other households in Mewat, Haryana. Similarity and difference determine their identity. This study looks at whether social groups are similar or dissimilar in terms of social and cultural capital(s) in Mewat, Haryana. Similarity implies belongingness and togetherness while being dissimilar means the praxis of explicit categorisation that one is different from other(s). The analysis shows that similarity outnumbers the differences in relation to the social capital in Meos and other sample households. It shows that there is a greater similarity between Meos and other(s) in social capital as reflected in their participation in the Panchayati Raj institutions, social cohesion, particularised trust and participatory appraisal. On this basis, it can be argued that in general, there are more differences in cultural than social capital(s). Therefore, it can be concluded that cultural capital is more important in the formation of social identities as compared to social capital and in turn affecting local development outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)140-159
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Cultural capital
  • Development
  • Haryana
  • Meos
  • Mewat region
  • Social capital
  • Social identities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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