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Social Capital

3rd Edition

By John Field

Routledge – 2015 – 224 pages

Series: Key Ideas

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Description

The term ‘social capital’ is a way of defining the intangible resources of community, shared values and trust upon which we draw in daily life. It has achieved considerable international currency across the social sciences through the very different work of Pierre Bourdieu in France and James Coleman and Robert Putnam in the United States, and has been widely taken up within politics and sociology as an explanation for the decline in social cohesion and community values in western societies. It has also been adopted by policy makers, particularly in international governmental bodies such as the World Bank.

This fully revised third edition of Social Capital provides a thorough overview of the intense and fast-moving debate surrounding this subject. New material encompasses:

  • Social capital and the internet
  • Social capital and the economists
  • Changing policy understanding of social capital
  • Social capital and recession

This clear and comprehensive introduction explains the theoretical underpinning of the subject, the empirical work that has been done to explore its operation, and the influence that it has had on public policy and practice. It includes guides to further reading and a list of the most important websites.

Contents

Introduction 1. From Metaphor to Concept 2. Networks in Use 3. A Walk on the Dark Side 4. Future Tense or Present Perfect?: Social Capital in a Changing World 5. Policy and Politics: Social Capital in the Real World. Conclusion

Author Bio

John Field is a Professor in the Institute of Education, University of Stirling, where he served until recently as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research. He has published widely on socio-economic aspects of lifelong learning, including previous specialist studies of social capital and adult learning. He is Honorary Professor of Continuing Education at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Name: Social Capital: 3rd Edition (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By John Field. The term ‘social capital’ is a way of defining the intangible resources of community, shared values and trust upon which we draw in daily life. It has achieved considerable international currency across the social sciences through the...
Categories: Sociology & Social Policy, Political Economy, Social & Political Theory, Theory & Political Sociology, Contemporary Social Theory