Individual social capital and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented interruption to physical social interaction. A significant proportion of the world’s population is in some form of isolation or lockdown, with limited access to normal social activities. This has serious implications for social capital which is primarily built, maintained and realised by social interaction. …

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What does the COVID-19 pandemic tell us about our society?

Why has COVID-19 become a pandemic? There are lots of other pathogens that have not become so prevalent. Why has this virus rapidly spread to people virtually everywhere on earth with little resistance? With all our resources, scientific understanding, and communication technologies how have we failed so emphatically? We have …

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Social connection and the COVID-19 pandemic Impacts on social capital

With the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring COVID-19 a pandemic, many people are now facing the prospect of various forms of social isolation in the immediate future. People are being encouraged to maintain physical distance from others to limit the spread of the virus. Some countries have implemented lockdowns that …

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Social isolation during a pandemic Challenges and opportunities during COVID-19 lockdown

There are significant barriers to the effective adoption of technology to alleviate social isolation resulting from COVID-19 ‘social distancing’, particularly among those people who were already socially isolated. The barriers most cited in the literature on the use of technology to remedy social isolation are (i) lack of support and …

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Rational Choice Sociology: Essays on Theory, Collective Action and Social Order – Book Review

Rational Choice Sociology: Essays on Theory, Collective Action and Social Order Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Year: 2019 Language: English Edited by Michael Hechter, Foundation Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University and Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Washington, US Rational Choice Sociology shows …

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The Relational Nordic Welfare State: Between Utopia and Ideology – Book Review

The Relational Nordic Welfare State: Between Utopia and Ideology Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Year: 2019 Language: English Edited by Sakari Hänninen, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland Kirsi-Marja Lehtelä, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland Paula Saikkonen, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland The …

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Social Capital, Social Support and Stratification – Book Review

Social Capital, Social Support and Stratification: An Analysis of the Sociology of Nan Lin Hardcover: 272 pages Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Year: 2019 Language: English Edited by Ronald S. Burt, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, Yanjie Bian, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota, Lijun Song, Department of Sociology, …

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Capitalism in Transformation – Book Review

Capitalism in Transformation: Movements and Countermovements in the 21st Century Hardcover: 316 pages Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Year: 2019 Language: English Edited by Roland Atzmüller and Brigitte Aulenbacher, Johannes Kepler University Ulrich Brand, University of Vienna Fabienne Décieux and Karin Fischer, Johannes Kepler University Birgit Sauer, University of Vienna, Austria …

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Social sanctions – overview, meaning, examples, types and importance

A social sanction is a social reaction of approval or disapproval in response to someone’s actions. Social sanctions enforce a standard of behaviour that is deemed socially acceptable and this is essential for society to regulate itself and maintain order. Social cohesion and cooperation depend on social sanctions and they …

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