Polity, 2005 - 388 pagine
The concept of 'social capital' is currently the focus of an explosion of interest in the research and policy community. It refers to the social networks, informal structures and norms that facilitate individual and collective action. This explosion of interest is driven by a growing body of evidence that social capital has enormous effects on economic growth, health, crime and even the effectiveness and functioning of governments.
David Halpern provides a guide through the many and sometimes confusing definitions of social capital. The various literatures examining the empirical consequences of social capital are brought together from across academic disciplines to demonstrate a remarkable range of effects. A model is then presented to account for the causal pathways that create social capital, and that lead from social capital to its outcomes. International evidence is used to establish whether social capital is on the decline, and the thorny question of whether social capital can harm or exclude is also examined. Finally, the policy implications are considered, including how social capital can be measured, created and utilized.
Social Capital offers an overview of one of the most important and exciting areas to emerge out of the social sciences in many years. It assumes no previous knowledge of the literature or statistics, and will be of interest to students and researchers in politics, sociology, social administration and social psychology and to the general reader interested in finding out more about how social capital affects all our lives.
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... Europe: political participation 189–92; Putnam's thesis and 229–31; social trust
60, 62–3, 66, 67; view of Saguaro Seminars 293 European Union: Social Fund
300; transnational governance 182 families: Bowlby's attachment theory 248–9; ...
inequality: case for intervention 285–6; crime and 132–3; economics 271; effect
on social capital 281; hierarchical social structure 269–71; omitted from Saguaro
Seminars 293 information technology 54 Inglehart, Ronald 235–6 interest ...
... mental health of 95–9; omitted from Saguaro Seminars 293, 295; physical
health of 106–12; policies of mutual respect 320–2; regional economics 63–5;
service credit schemes 315–18; shared 'moral' discourse 318–20; social trust 134
; trust ...
... on health 73, 86–7; hierarchical social structure 270; on Italy 170–1, 261–2,
268; Making Democracy Work 7–8; post-war GIs 257; regional economics 63;
Saguaro Seminars 292–5, 324; social trust measurement 32, 35; on television