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Social capital is generally referred to as the set of trust, institutions, social norms, social networks, and organizations that shape the interactions of actors within a society and are an asset for the individual and collective production of well-being.

At the macro level, social capital can affect the economic performance and the processes of economic growth and development. We refer to it in its micro-level sense, i.e. the capital an individual gains from the disposition of social networks. Social capital in this sense is an investment in social relations with expected returns. Network capital more specifically refers to the social capital gained through active networking which can be used as a resource, for example for transitions. The possession or non-possession of social capital inherited via the family can therefore be an important factor for the reproduction of social inequality. (AP)



Bourdieu, Pierre (1983) Ökonomisches Kapital - Kulturelles Kapital - Soziales Kapital. In: ders. (1993): Die verborgenen Mechanismen der Macht, S.49-80. English translation at http://www.viet-studies.org/Bourdieu_capital.htm

Field, John (2003) Social capital. London, New York: Routledge.

Walther, Andreas/Stauber, Barbara/Pohl, Axel (2005) Informal networks in youth transitions in West Germany: biographical resource or reproduction of social inequality? in Journal of Youth Studies, Vol. 8, No. 2: 221-240.

Web Resources:

The Social Capital Gateway: http://www.socialcapitalgateway.org


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