Working Papers
  • Are Dairy Relations Social too? Social Network Analysis of a Dairy Cooperative Society in Gujarat
  • Author : Shyam Singh and Neha Christie
  • Dec - 2018

The process of organising dairy co-operative societies in Gujarat started in the late 1940s. Several dairy co-operatives, six to seven decades old by now, have been operating with success. This is a fairly long phase for a collective action to generate bonding capital keeping its members engaged with the co-operative structure. We conjecture that individuals who have been part of the social and community life for a long period of time are likely to use existing social networks for a collective action where the same set of community members are involved. Maintaining separate networks for the collective action may incur some additional cost to the members. Hence, the study intends to investigate if dairy relation networks among the members of dairy co-operatives overlap with their social relation networks. We do this by studying information sharing in dairy and social networks. We use social network analysis to analyse the network data collected from a five-decade-old dairy co-operative society located in the Anand district of Gujarat.

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