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Social Capital



Field J (2008) Social Capital. 2nd ed. Key Ideas. London and New York: Routledge.

The term 'social capital' is a way of defining the intangible resources of community, shared values and trust upon which we draw in daily life. It has achieved considerable international currency across the social sciences through the very different work of Pierre Bourdieu in France and James Coleman and Robert Putnam in the United States, and has been widely taken up within politics and sociology as an explanation for the decline in social cohesion and community values in western societies. It has also been adopted by policy makers, particularly in international governmental bodies such as the World Bank. This fully revised second edition of Social Capital provides a thorough overview of the intense and fast-moving debate surrounding this subject. This clear and comprehensive introduction explains the theoretical underpinning of the subject, the empirical work that has been done to explore its operation, and the influence that it has had on public policy and practice. It includes guides to further reading and a list of the most important websites

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Title of seriesKey Ideas
Publication date31/12/2008
Publisher URL…bn=9780415433037
Place of publicationLondon and New York

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Professor John Field

Professor John Field

Emeritus Professor, Education