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Bhanu Bhatia

Bhanu Bhatia Macquarie Research Student
  • Title: Ms
  • Position: PhD Student - Department of Economics

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  • Load: PhD Student Full Time
  • Principal supervisor: Associate Professor Melanie Beresford
  • Associate supervisor: Associate Professor Peter Petocz
  • Date of submission: 20/12/2009
  • Thesis title: The effect of social capital on women
  • Abstract: The thesis analyses the effect of social capital networks on family planning decisions in Bangladesh. Social capital literature has ignored important aspects of networks such as the role of power and gender subordination. Using social network analysis we reveal the disparities in family planning networks. The results show that both men and women are likely to receive useful information on family planning through their networks. However, as compared to women, male networks are better equipped to provide information from diverse sources and are less likely to be constraining. The reasons behind these structural differences in male and female networks are explored using subgraph analysis at the dyadic and triadic level. The results suggest that ties between actors are governed by the prevailing gender norms and are likely to further reinforce the existing inequalities in these social networks. This exhaustive analysis thus cautions against investing in social capital in gender blind terms.