Social Capital

Social Capital

by Nan Lin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0202306445

ISBN-13: 9780202306445

Pub. Date: 01/01/2001

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Leading scholars in the field of social networks from diverse disciplines present the first systematic and comprehensive collection of current theories and empirical research on the informal connections that individuals have for support, help, and information from other people. Expanding on concepts originally formulated by Pierre Bourdieu and James Coleman, this

…  See more details below

Overview

Leading scholars in the field of social networks from diverse disciplines present the first systematic and comprehensive collection of current theories and empirical research on the informal connections that individuals have for support, help, and information from other people. Expanding on concepts originally formulated by Pierre Bourdieu and James Coleman, this seminal work will find an essential place with educators and students in the fields of social networks, rational choice theory, institutions, and the socioeconomics of poverty, labor markets, social psychology, and race.

The volume is divided into three parts. The first segment clarifies social capital as a concept and explores its theoretical and operational bases. Additional segments provide brief accounts that place the development of social capital in the context of the family of capital theorists, and identify some critical but controversial perspectives and statements regarding social capital in the literature. The editors then make the argument for the network perspective, why and how such a perspective can clarify controversies and advance our understanding of a whole range of instrumental and expressive outcomes.

Social Capital further provides a forum for ongoing research programs initiated by social scientists working at the crossroads of formal theory and new methods. These scholars and programs share certain understandings and approaches in their analyses of social capital. They argue that social networks are the foundation of social capital. Social networks simultaneously capture individuals and social structure, thus serving as a vital conceptual link between actions and structural constraints, between micro- and macro-level analyses, and between relational and collective dynamic processes. They are further cognizant of the dual significance of the "structural" features of the social networks and the "resources" embedded in the networks as defining elements of social capital.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780202306445
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Series:
Sociology and Economics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Theories of Capital: The Historical Foundation3
2Social Capital: Capital Captured through Social Relations19
3Resources, Hierarchy, Networks, and Homophily: The Structural Foundation29
4Resources, Motivations, and Interactions: The Action Foundation41
5The Theory and Theoretical Propositions55
6Social Capital and Status Attainment: A Research Tradition78
7Inequality in Social Capital: A Research Agenda99
8Social Capital and the Emergence of Social Structure: A Theory of Rational Choice127
9Reputation and Social Capital: The Rational Basis for Social Exchange143
10Social Capital in Hierarchical Structures165
11Institutions, Networks, and Capital Building: Societal Transformations184
12Cybernetworks and the Global Village: The Rise of Social Capital210
13The Future of the Theory243
References251
Index267

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >