Social Capital: A Theory of Social Structure and Action
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!
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.
Theories of Capital The Historical Foundation
Social Capital Capital Captured through Social Relations
Resources Hierarchy Networks and Homophily The Structural Foundation
Resources Motivations and Interactions The Action Foundation
The Theory and Theoretical Propositions
Social Capital and Status Attainment A Research Tradition
Inequality in Social Capital A Research Agenda
Reputation and Social Capital The Rational Basis for Social Exchange
Social Capital in Hierarchical Structures
Institutions Networks and Capital Building Societal Transformations
Cybernetworks and the Global Village The Rise of Social Capital
The Future of the Theory
Social Capital and the Emergence of Social Structure A Theory of Rational Choice