Genealogy and Institutionalization of People-Centered Social Innovation in Kudumbashree, Kerala, India

P.K. Shajahan, Lars Hulgård

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People-centered social innovation (PCSI) is conceptualized as a combination of the ideas of people-centeredness in development discourse as well as an emphasis on the social relational dimensions of social innovation. This chapter shows that Kudumbashree is an example of PCSI based on the recognition of and solidarity with women, not as isolated individuals and entrepreneurs. It offers a constructive critique of the notions of social capital as a foundation for social innovation and to provide a nuanced understanding of the same by exploring varied aspects of solidarity economy that Kudumbashree has been able to promote both at the level of local communities and at Kerala state level in India. PCSI is an approach which goes beyond the conceptions of social innovation as individual or small-group interventions to a broad-based, people-centered approach in order to address complex social developmental challenges through systemic and systematic intervention that is designed and delivered through a process of institutionalization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPeople Centered Social Innovation : Global Perspectives on an Emerging Paradigm
EditorsSwati Banerjee, Stephen Carney, Lars Hulgård
Number of pages20
Place of PublicationNew York
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)9780815392170
ISBN (Electronic)9781351121026
Publication statusPublished - 2020
SeriesRoutledge Studies in Social Enterprise & Social Innovation

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