Comparing Two Asian Perspectives: Nurturing Social Capital in Uzbekistan and Japan

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


This chapter attempts to put knowledge about Uzbekistan into international perspective by offering a comparison of two Asian countries and their grassroots organizations. This chapter’s main argument is that, although the emphasis on ‘social capital’ in norms, reciprocity and civic networks is both logical and reasonable, the concept—due to its West-centric orientation—fails to explain why and how social capital could still be nurtured in societies with little or no tradition of ‘Western-looking’ democracy. This argument is one of many parts of a continuing debate about whether social capital should be associated with democratic governance and political participation, or vice versa.


Social Capital Political Participation Civic Engagement Political Regime Daily Issue 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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