วาทกรรมทุนทางสังคม : กระบวนการสร้างแนวคิดและปฏิบัติการในบริบทการพัฒนาของไทย (พ.ศ. 2540 - 2546) / ปิ่นวดี ศรีสุพรรณ = The discourse on social capital : conceptualization and practice in Thai development context (1997-2003) / Pinwadee Srisupun
The objectives of the thesis are 1) to describe and explain the discourse of "social capital" in Thai society from a sociological of knowledge perspective 2) to assess critically the concept as a new Thai development concept 3) to analyze some case-study in Thai development context. The methodology is qualitative method, with documentary research, key informants’ interviews and participating in related activities, and aided by discourse analysis. The results show that, firstly, the diversity of “social capital” concept in Thailand stemmed from different conceptual bases. The concept is about the social relations that highlight social cohesion and adaptively, both on group and institution level. The concept is in Thai development discourse broadened to mean the "capital of society". The last includes other concepts - cultural capital, natural capital, local wisdom capital - to be elements of social capital. Consequently, it is believed that developing social capital will bring about sustainable development. Secondly, from inter-disciplinary perspective, the concept of "social capital" is integrating both economic and sociological perspectives. This integration is a direct response to the mainstream development discourse that overly emphasis on economic growth. And thirdly, from the case-studies of Community Fund, One Tambon One Product, and conflict management on resource problems show the ideological conflicts between government, academics, local intellectual, and NGOs. The government agencies tend to give the meaning of social capital with reference to economic growth while the others tend to give stronger support for sustainable development. The contestations of social capital discourse are related to interests and power; the differences between "values" and "pricing" thus becomes evident.