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Leading scholars in the field of social networks from diverse disciplines present the first systematic and comprehensive collection of current theories and empirical research on the informal connections that individuals have for support, help, and information from other people. Expanding on concepts originally formulated by Pierre Bourdieu and James Coleman, this seminal work will find an essential place with educators and students in the fields of social networks, rational choice theory, institutions, and the socioeconomics of poverty, labor markets, social psychology, and race. The volume is divided into three parts. The first segment clarifies social capital as a concept and explores its theoretical and operational bases. Additional segments provide brief accounts that place the development of social capital in the context of the family of capital theorists, and identify some critical but controversial perspectives and statements regarding social capital in the literature. The editors then make the argument for the network perspective, why and how such a perspective can clarify controversies and advance our understanding of a whole range of instrumental and expressive outcomes. "Social Capital further provides a forum for ongoing research programs initiated by social scientists working at the crossroads of formal theory and new methods. These scholars and programs share certain understandings and approaches in their analyses of social capital. They argue that social networks are the foundation of social capital. Social networks simultaneously capture individuals and social structure, thus serving as a vital conceptual link between actions and structural constraints, between micro-and macro-level analyses, and between relational and collective dynamic processes. They are further cognizant of the dual significance of the "structural" features of the social networks and the "resources" embedded in the networks as defining elements of social capital.

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Scholars from various disciplines within the field of social networks present 12 contributions discussing current theories and empirical research on the informal connections that individuals have for support, help, and information from other people. Suitable for use in courses on social networks, rational choice theory, institutions, and the socioeconomics of poverty, labor markets, social psychology, and race.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780202306445
Editor:
Lin, Nan
Editor:
Burt, Ronald S.
Editor:
Lin, Nan
Editor:
Burt, Ronald S.
Editor:
Cook, Karen
Author:
Lin, Nan
Editor:
Cook, Karen
Publisher:
Aldine
Location:
New York
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Social networks
Subject:
Social structure
Subject:
Social capital
Subject:
Social capital (Sociology)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Sociology and economics
Series Volume:
105-165
Publication Date:
20011231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
333
Dimensions:
8.90x5.86x.69 in. .96 lbs.

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