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Two Concepts of Social Capital: Bourdieu vs. Putnam

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Siisiäinen, Martti
Conference: ISTR Fourth International Conference, The Third Sector: For What and for Whom?
Location: Trinity College, Dublin
Conf. Date: July 5-8
Date: 2000
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7661
Sector: Social Organization
Subject(s): social capital--theory
Abstract: "The paper sets out to compare Robert D. Putnam's concept of social capital with that of Pierre Bourdieu's. Putnam's concept of social capital has three components: moral obligations and norms, social values (especially trust) and social networks (especially voluntary associations). Putnam's central thesis is that if a region has a well-functioning economic system and a high level of political integration, these are the result of the region’s successful accumulation of social capital. In the United States many social problems are caused by the decline of social capital; a tendency that has been going on for the last three decades."

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