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Social Capital Theory

Social capital may be defined as those resources inherent in social relations which facilitate collective action. Social capital resources include trust, norms, and networks of association representing any group which gathers consistently for a common purpose. A norm of a culture high in social capital is reciprocity, which encourages bargaining, compromise, and pluralistic politics. Another norm is belief in the equality of citizens, which encourages the formation of cross-cutting groups.

Key Concepts and Terms

Illustrative Hypotheses

Hypotheses below are illustrative and not all authors associated with this theory would subscribe to all hypotheses listed.

Frequently Asked Questions


Copyright 1998, 2006 by G. David Garson.