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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 […]

What is high and low, and positive and negative social capital?

Export Reference Download PDF Print We often talk about social capital in general terms, describing it as high or low, good or bad, positive or negative, or weak or strong. But social capital is complex and multidimensional. Does it make sense to talk about social capital in general terms, and what do we mean by […]

The High Cost of Cheap Social Capital

This paper briefly reviews the theory of social, negative, and cheap social capital and then explains the popularity and the high cost of cheap social capital. Next, this paper points out that our voluntary exchanges (which are enabled by prospects of mutual gain) and the high cost of involuntary exchanges (which are entered into in response to threats and defensive and destructive acts) both reflect our responses to the same physical and socio-emotional needs. Therefore, what differentiates our responses to similar needs are the relationships we have with others—whether they are social, negative, or cheap. Finally, this paper offers some suggestions for avoiding the high cost of cheap social capital.

The Cheap Side of Social Capital

Earned, inherited, and covenant commonalities enable persons and groups of people to develop sympathy and empathy for each other. The sympathy and empathy that one person or group has for another person or group is defined here as social capital. The absence of commonalities often results in relationships of apathy and antipathy that one person or group has for another person or group, defined here as negative social capital. People and groups that share negative social capital for the same person or group can form cheap social capital relationships characterized by the couplet—the enemy of my enemy is my strange bedfellow.

Introduction to Social Capital for Researchers

Webinar This session provides a foundation for understanding what social capital is, where it comes from, and what it does as well as some of the challenges of reading the literature and conducting research on social capital. The session is designed to kick-start your social capital research or to help you with your existing research. […]

The difference between social capital and cultural capital

Export Reference Download PDF Print The concepts of social capital and cultural capital are similar and overlap in some significant ways depending on the meaning attributed to each concept. Cultural capital has at least two different meanings, and social capital has a multiplicity of definitions that can be grouped into at least four different broad […]

Social Capital in the Digital Age Vocational Education and Training (VET) System in Georgia

Abstract The present article describes the process of producing structural social capital in the e-Government context and aims at contributing to the profound understanding of the enabling role of non-traditional co-production Understanding of structural social capital in a non-traditional – based vocational education and training system (VET) can be developed in line with the following […]

Economics Imperialism and Social Capital Relationship between social capital and economics

Export Reference Download PDF Print During the 1990s, national governments and international agencies such as the World Bank, OECD, and UNDP discovered social capital, heralding it as the ‘missing link’ in explaining development outcomes and an important factor to build and utilise for improved program performance (Harriss, 2002). This was primarily driven by the World […]

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