Social Capital Put to the Test

Adkins, Lisa. 2008. Social Capital Put to the Test. Sociology Compass, 2(4), pp. 1209-1227. [Article]

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This article offers a critical review and mapping of theoretical elaborations of the social capital concept and of some of the key empirical projects which in their various ways have attempted to capture and measure social capital. In so doing, it maps the rise and rise of social capital within the social sciences and beyond. It then considers a range of hypotheses which have attempted to explain the ever increasing prominence and reach of the concept. To understand this reach, the article suggests that we must look beyond the theoretical, methodological and empirical technicalities of the social capital debates and cast our eyes to a fundamental rewriting and reworking of the social field.

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23 Apr 2010 07:24

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