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Conceptual problems of social capital discussion

April 16, 2021 @ 6:00 am - 7:00 am UTC+0

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This week we will have a discussion session about the “wicked problems” of social capital conceptualisations. This follows from our previous session where Tristan Claridge gave a presentation on this topic. There are a lot of issues to explore from this presentation – we did not have time in the previous session to answer all questions so this session will be an opportunity to have discussion about these issues and explore them more deeply.

Below is the video from the previous session:

These are the 9 problems that Tristan identified:

  1. What is “it”? Separating what it is from what it does
  2. Linked to action (or is it?)
  3. Reality and rationality (ontology)
  4. Tangible, Intangible, Transcendental
  5. Positivity paradox
  6. Circularity and tautology
  7. Potentiality and contingency
  8. Universality and fluidity (neglect of context)
  9. Explanatory power (or lack of)

This event is part of our regular presentation and discussion session for researchers including PhD/master students.

These sessions are a supportive way to connect with people. You can ask questions, get advice, discuss ideas or issues, get suggestions for literature to read, or you can just listen.

Do you want to present your research? Giving a short presentation to the group can be great practice for confirmation, thesis defense, or rehearsal for conference presentations. It can really help to formulate your ideas, get feedback on your research, and discuss your project.

Presentations can be helpful at various stages of your research program. In the early stages it can be helpful to get feedback from the group to help formulate your research, and later in your research to make sense of the data and practice presenting your final results.

Would you like to make a presentation to the group? Click here for more information and to submit a proposal.

Generally, presentations are 15 to 30 mins. The content of your presentation will depend on your research stage.


April 16, 2021
6:00 am - 7:00 am UTC+0




Tristan Claridge
+64 22 018 9043

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