13 Sep 2014

What is low social capital?

Low social capital could be described as any situation where there is a lack of social structure and organisation, and or where people are prone to act antisocially. Simply put social capital is the productive benefits of sociability. So, when people act or are likely to act antisocially we could describe the context as having […]

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03 Aug 2014

What is social capital?

Social capital is the benefits derived from sociability. Social capital can be described most simply as the aspects of social context (the “social” bit) that have productive benefits (the “capital” bit). It includes the store of solidarity or goodwill between people and groups of people. The adage: “it’s not just what you know, but who […]

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22 Mar 2013

Social capital measurement problems

For more than 10 years I have been following the literature on social capital measurement, and hoping that someone will publish a thorough synthesis and analysis of measurement techniques to produce at least a good guide to its measurement in different contexts. I suspect this is a (near) impossible task given the commonly discussed problems […]

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21 Mar 2013

What is the value of social capital?

Social capital is social relations that have productive benefits. The best way to understand social capital is through the old adage, “it’s not what you know, but who you know”. We intuitively understand that we can derive benefits from our relationships with others, whether it be as simple as finding a reliable mechanic (which can […]

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20 Mar 2013

How can you build your social capital?

The more people you know, the more you do for these people, the more you give to other people you know, then the more social capital you have and the more benefit you can derive from it. You can generally only benefit from social capital under certain conditions Social capital is best ‘used’ when there […]

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11 Feb 2013

Explanation of types of social capital

There are several dichotomies for classifying types of social capital. There are two main classifications for social capital: Network perspective From a network perspective social capital can be classified as either bonding or bridging with a third type suggested as linking. Bonding social capital – ties between individuals with a relatively high degree of network […]

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15 Jan 2013

Social capital measurement

Attempts to measure social capital are flawed by problems with separating form, source and consequences – a common problem with the conceptualisation of social capital. Unfortunately few researchers understand this complexity and readily confuse the three, resulting in measurement indicies that don’t rigorously reflect the state of social capital in the study context. Social

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14 Jan 2013

A barren cultural landscape: causes and solutions

When we talk about barren cultural landscapes what do we actually mean? Are we suggesting there is a lack of culture? Or do we mean the outcomes of said culture are somehow undesirable or negative (from a certain perspective)? I hear about how modern culture is hollow, eaten out by rampant individualism. I hear about […]

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11 Jan 2013

Application of Social Capital

Social capital is relevant to every aspect of human existence as it facilitates information flows and distributes other forms of capital in ways that would otherwise not occur. I receive emails almost every day from people who are looking to apply social capital to an aspect of social, political, economic, educational, environmental, or an other […]

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