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Dimensions of Social Capital

Social capital is not a single entity, rather it includes several dimensions that are different but interrelated. This category explores the different dimensions and aspects of each dimension.

The role of regard for others in social capital An aspect of the cognitive dimension of social capital

Regard – consideration and respect for a person or group – can positively influence various aspects of social capital. Social capital is fundamentally about the potential for cooperation and collective action. Although not generally found in the social capital literature, regard is an important aspect of this potential and logically relates to the cognitive dimension […]

Empathy and social capital An aspect of the cognitive dimension of social capital

At its core, empathy enables individuals to comprehend and resonate with the emotions and experiences of others. It enables us to internalise the conditions of another person or group of people, allowing decisions to be made simultaneously in their own interests as well as in the interests of others (Robison, 2023a). Strong empathy forms the […]

Empowerment and social capital An aspect of the cognitive dimension of social capital

Empowerment plays a pivotal role in the context of social capital, acting as a catalyst for positive change and collective well-being within a community. Its significance lies in its ability to enhance individual agency, foster a sense of community efficacy, and contribute to the overall resilience and vibrancy of social connections. Empowerment involves individuals feeling […]

Shared narratives An aspect of the cognitive dimension of social capital

Export Reference Download PDF Print Shared narratives are commonly mentioned as elements of the cognitive dimension of social capital. The other dimensions of social capital being the structural and relational dimensions. This conceptualisation, distinguishing between structural, relational, and cognitive dimensions, is one of the major approaches to social capital. This approach was systematically explored and […]

Shared goals, shared purpose, shared vision An aspect of the cognitive dimension of social capital

Export Reference Download PDF Print Shared goals and shared purpose are commonly mentioned as elements of the cognitive dimension of social capital. The other dimensions of social capital being the structural and relational dimensions. This conceptualisation, distinguishing between structural, relational, and cognitive dimensions, is one of the major approaches to social capital. This approach was […]