Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Midterm - Social Capital

Social Capital: What is this? Can you define it?

Social capital is defined on p. 19 in "Bowling Alone."
-Social Capital theory is that social networks have value b ecuase our lives are made more valuable and productive because of our social ties. Social contacts can affect the productivity of individuals and groups. Social capital refers to connections among individiuals- social networks and the norms of reciprocity and trustworthiness that arise from them. "Our social networks are important in our lives, often for finding jobs, more often for finding a helping hand, companionship, or a shoulder to cry on."

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