Social Capital: A Theory of Social Structure and Action

Social Capital: A Theory of Social Structure and Action

Paperback Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences

By (author) Nan Lin, By (author) John Smith, Series edited by Mark Granovetter

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  • Format: Paperback | 294 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 228mm x 22mm | 962g
  • Publication date: 20 May 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 052152167X
  • ISBN 13: 9780521521673
  • Illustrations note: references
  • Sales rank: 336,560

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In Social Capital, Nan Lin explains the importance of using social connections and social relations in achieving goals. Social capital, or resources accessed through such connections and relations, is critical (along with human capital, or what a person or organization actually possesses) to individuals, social groups, organizations, and communities in obtaining their objectives. This book places social capital in the family of capital theories (the classical and neo-capital theories), articulates its elements and propositions, presents research programs, findings, and agenda, and theorizes its significance in various moments of interactions between individual actions and social structure (for example, the primordial groups, social exchanges, organizations, institutional transformations and cybernetworks). Nan Lin eloquently introduces a groundbreaking theory that forcefully argues and shows why it is 'who you know', as well as 'what you know' that makes a difference in life and society.

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'... one of the most rigorous, consistent and empirically informed theoretical analysis of social capital available.' Local Government Studies

Table of contents

Part I. Theory and Research: 1. Theories of capital: the historical foundation; 2. Social capital: capital captured through social relations; 3. Resources, hierarchy, networks, and homophily: the structural foundation; 4. Resources, motivations, and interactions: the action foundation; 5. The theory and theoretical propositions; 6. Social capital and status attainment: a research tradition; 7. Inequality in social capital: a research agenda; Part II. Conceptual Extensions: 8. Social capital and the emergence of social structure: a theory of rational choice; 9. Reputation and social capital: the rational basis for social change; 10. Social capital in hierarchical structures; 11. Institutions, networks and capital building; 12. Cybernetworks and the global village: the rise of social capital; Part III. Epilogue: 13. The future of the theory.