Thursday, February 19, 2009

Midterm- Bridging & Bonding Social Capital

Give an example of both bridging and bonding social capital. Which one is inclusive and external, and which, is exclusive and internal? Which one is "glue" and which one is "WD-40"?

Pages 22 and 23 of "Bowling Alone"

"Of all the dimensions along which forms of social capital vary, perhaps the most important is the distinction between bridging (or inclusive) and bonding (or exclusive)." (p 22)

Bridging Social Capital:
"Examples of bridging social capital include the civil rights movement, many youth service groups, and ecumenical religious organizations." (p 22)
"Bridging social capital provides a sociological WD-40." (p 23)

Bonding Social Capital:
"Examples of bonding social capital include ethnic fraternal organizations, church-based women's reading groups, and fashionable country clubs." (p 22)
"Bonding social capital constitutes a kind of sociological superglue" (p 23)

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