Racial Diversity and Social Capital: Equality and Community in America

Racial Diversity and Social Capital: Equality and Community in America

by Rodney E. Hero
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521698618

ISBN-13: 9780521698610

Pub. Date: 03/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Race and racial diversity are important aspects of America and have been shown to substantially affect social relations and the political system, often in ways inconsistent with the values of equality. However, greater civic association and a general sense of community, embodied in the concept of social capital, are said to have tremendous beneficial effects and

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Overview

Race and racial diversity are important aspects of America and have been shown to substantially affect social relations and the political system, often in ways inconsistent with the values of equality. However, greater civic association and a general sense of community, embodied in the concept of social capital, are said to have tremendous beneficial effects and profoundly influence American society. This study juxtaposes and critically assesses two bodies of research, including the work made famous in Robert Putnam''s Bowling Alone, that have reached different conclusions on these issues. Is America's legacy of racial inequality an 'evil twin' of the benefits of social capital? By analyzing the social outcomes for racial minorities, in addition to other dimensions of American politics, the author shows that the impact of racial diversity consistently outweighs that of social capital.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521698610
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The social capital thesis; 3. The racial diversity thesis; 4. Examining social outcomes, and civic and economic equality; 5. Voter turnout and other forms of participation in context; 6. Public policy outputs; 7. Conclusions.

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