Theoretical Implications of and Methodological Approaches to Studying Social Capital in Uzbekistan

  • Timur Dadabaev
  • Yutaka Tsujinaka
  • Murod Ismailov
Part of the Politics and History in Central Asia book series (PSPSCA)


This introductory chapter reviews the broader theoretical implications of, and methodological approaches to, studying social capital in Uzbekistan. This chapter also outlines some theoretical approaches to social capital and its applications in a post-Soviet setting. Although this field of inquiry has seen continuous efforts, mainly by Western scholars, this chapter explains the need to revisit the existing frameworks and adjust them to the present realities in order to understand the successes and failures of civil society development through the lens of neoliberal institutionalism and ‘transitology’. In particular, based on the deficiencies of a neoliberal paradigm of post-Soviet society research, this chapter argues for a theoretical framework that pays greater attention to the resilience of pre-Soviet traditional institutions of social capital and their contemporary significance.

This chapter touches on issues such as the ‘hybrid nature’ of self-governance, institutional reform, and traditional value systems. Most of the assumptions made in this chapter are ultimately meant to pose the question of whether and how the analytical settings of this book will enhance knowledge about the social construction process in Uzbekistan and in the region in general. In addition, this chapter highlights the weaknesses of current approaches to social capital. In particular, it attempts to demonstrate that current studies predominantly focus on the notions of social capital and civil society as features of democratic societies, and they ignore the fact that undemocratic and democratizing societies also have social capital and various forms of civil society institutions.


Social Capital Civil Society Civic Engagement Civil Society Organization Bonding Social Capital 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timur Dadabaev
    • 1
  • Yutaka Tsujinaka
    • 1
    • 2
  • Murod Ismailov
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Social Sciences and HumanitiesUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan
  2. 2.Japan Political Science AssociationTokyoJapan

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