Social Capital

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Routledge, 30 apr 2008 - 208 pagine

The term ‘social capital’ is a way of defining the intangible resources of community, shared values and trust upon which we draw in daily life. It has achieved considerable international currency across the social sciences through the very different work of Pierre Bourdieu in France and James Coleman and Robert Putnam in the United States, and has been widely taken up within politics and sociology as an explanation for the decline in social cohesion and community values in western societies. It has also been adopted by policy makers, particularly in international governmental bodies such as the World Bank.

This fully revised second edition of Social Capital provides a thorough overview of the intense and fast-moving debate surrounding this subject. This clear and comprehensive introduction explains the theoretical underpinning of the subject, the empirical work that has been done to explore its operation, and the influence that it has had on public policy and practice. It includes guides to further reading and a list of the most important websites.

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WHAT IS SOCIAL CAPITAL AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?
1
1 FROM METAPHOR TO CONCEPT
13
2 NETWORKS IN USE
48
3 A WALK ON THE DARK SIDE
79
SOCIAL CAPITAL IN A CHANGING WORLD
101
SOCIAL CAPITAL IN THE REAL WORLD
132
CONCLUSION
157
RESOURCES ON THE INTERNET
168
REFERENCES
169
INDEX
189
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John Field is a Professor in the Institute of Education, University of Stirling, where he served until recently as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research. He has published widely on socio-economic aspects of lifelong learning, including previous specialist studies of social capital and adult learning. He is Honorary Professor of Continuing Education at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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