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Social Capital: An International Research Program

Nan Lin and Bonnie Erickson


For two decades, a significant number of scholars have subscribed to a common definition of social capital (resources embedded in social networks), employed a standard measurement (the position generator methodology), and conducted original research. Their sustained efforts have demonstrated the power of the concept of social capital in diverse arenas of research and varied cultural and societal settings. Their work has contributed to the substantiation, development, and expansion of social capital as a key scientific concept and theory. This book presents an introduction to some of the most r ... More

Keywords: social capital, resources, social networks, standard measurement, position generator methodology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199234387
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234387.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nan Lin, editor
Oscar L. Tang Family Professor of Sociology, Duke University

Bonnie Erickson, editor
Department of Sociology, University of Toronto

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Section I The Position Generator Methodology: Its Reliability, Validity, and Variation

Section II Mobilization of Social Capital

Section III Social Capital, Civil Engagement, Social Participation, and Trust

9 Social Networks of Participants in Voluntary Associations

René Bekkers, Beate Völker, Martin van der Gaag, and Henk Flap

10 The Internet, Social Capital, Civic Engagement, and Gender in Japan

Kakuko Miyata, Ken’ichi Ikeda, and Tetsuro Kobayashi

Section IV Social Institutions and Inequality in Social Capital

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