Social Capital: A Theory of Social Structure and Action

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Cambridge University Press, May 20, 2002 - Social Science - 278 pages
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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For me the social capital should be analyzed together with physical and financial capital, specially in relationship with moral and intellectual capital. I could not Find such structure! Am i wrong!

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Nan Lin network theory of social capital will become known as the most important piece of work linking us, to our social networks, technologies and organizational forms in meaningful way.

Contents

Theories of Capital The Historical Foundation
3
Social Capital Capital Captured through Social Relations
19
Resources Hierarchy Networks and Homophily The Structural Foundation
29
Resources Motivations and Interactions The Action Foundation
41
The Theory and Theoretical Propositions
55
Social Capital and Status Attainment A Research Tradition
78
Inequality in Social Capital A Research Agenda
99
Conceptual Extensions
125
Reputation and Social Capital The Rational Basis for Social Exchange
143
Social Capital in Hierarchical Structures
165
Institutions Networks and Capital Building Societal Transformations
184
Cybernetworks and the Global Village The Rise of Social Capital
210
Epilogue
241
The Future of the Theory
243
References
251
Index
267

Social Capital and the Emergence of Social Structure A Theory of Rational Choice
127

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BRUCE HALE is the author of five picture books as well as the Chet Gecko mysteries. A popular speaker, teacher, and storyteller for children and adults, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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