Elgar Companion to Social Capital and Health – Book Review
Elgar Companion to Social Capital and Health
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Sherman Folland, Department of Economics, Oakland University, US
Eric Nauenberg, University of Toronto, Canada
Sherman Folland and Eric Nauenberg present the cutting edge of research covering the ever-expanding social capital field. With excellent contributions from leading academics, the Elgar Companion to Social Capital and Health offers a developed examination of new research across sociology, epidemiology, economics, psychology, and political science.
S.R. Ali, N.D. Anderson, S. Child, H. Corman, S. Dinda, S. Folland, C.G. Frazier, J. Guo, M.K. Islam, T. Iversen, F. Jusot, O.M. Kaarbøe, M. Lindström, M. Ljunge, J. Mandelbaum, M. Menéndez, S. Moore, E. Nauenberg, K. Noonan, P.J. Pettis, N.E. Reichman, L. Rocco, L. Rochaix, E. Shapiro, C. Sharony, T.W. Someno, L. Song, Y.-H. Wu
The logic of why social capital impacts health is simple: humans are social organisms whose actions are influenced by others and who derive numerous benefits from social relationships with others. This book explores the theoretical and empirical basis for the relationship between social capital and health. The benefits of social capital for health can seem obvious, intuitive even, but without investigation and analysis, we cannot fully understand the importance of social capital.
Other Notable Editorial Reviews
‘Did you know that the concept of ”social capital” can be traced to Marx? This Companion contains many more startling insights, not least due to its comprehensive review of worldwide empirical evidence suggesting that indeed social capital may have a causal effect not only on mental but also on physical health. Congratulations to the contributors!’
–Peter Zweifel, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Sherman Folland and Eric Nauenberg
PART I Theories on how social capital improves health
2. How does social capital contribute to health?
3. History of social capital and health
M. Kamrul Islam
4. How social capital arises in areas
Tor Iversen and Tigist Woldetsadik Sommeno
PART II Special inquiries on social capital and health
5. Social capital and health across the life cycle
6. Religious and social capital and health
Ephraim Shapiro and Chen Sharony
PART III Empirical evidence: does social capital improve health?
7. Social capital in epidemiology
8. Social capital and aging brain health
Nicole D. Anderson
9. Social capital and types of illnesses: Where is it most effective?
M. Kamrul Islam, Sherman Folland and Oddvar Martin Kaarbøe
10. Social capital and risk-taking behavior
PART IV Causality issues
11. Social capital and health interventions: Enhancing social capital to improve health
Jean Guo, Setti Raïs Ali and Lise Rochaix
12. Does health affect social capital?
Hope Corman, Kelly Noonan and Nancy E. Reichman
13. Trust promotes health: addressing reverse causality by studying children of immigrants
14. Workplace social capital and sickness absence
M. Kamrul Islam and Lorenzo Rocco
PART V Sociology and social capital
15. Network approaches to the study of social capital and health
Spencer Moore, Stephanie Child, Yun-Hsuan Wu and Jennifer Mandelbaum
16. Do network members’ resources generate health inequality? Social capital theory and beyond
Lijun Song, Cleothia G. Frazier and Philip J. Pettis
PART VI Social capital and health in world development
17. Social capital and health inequalities in developing countries: A case study for Indonesia
Florence Jusot and Marta Menéndez
18. Social capital and economic growth
Tristan Claridge has a passion for technology, innovation and teaching. He is an academic and entrepreneur, and he uses his cross-discipline knowledge and experience to solve problems and identify opportunities. He has bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Queensland in Australia. He has qualifications in environmental science, social theory, teaching and research, and business management.
Tristan is dedicated to the application of social capital theory to organisations. His diverse experience in teaching, research, and business has given him a unique perspective on organisational social capital and the potential improvements that can be achieved in any organisation.