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Social Capital

An International Research Program


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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 recent work in the area. The volume editors have brought together scholars in North America, Europe, and East Asia to offer original and accessible reports of their own research studies. Covering both methodological and substantive issues, they demonstrate the continued importance of social capital as a guiding concept and theory in social sciences today.

Author Biography

Nan Lin is Oscar L. Tang Family Professor of Sociology, Duke University. He has conducted research on social capital, social networks, stratification and mobility, and stress coping in the United States, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. He has written or edited seven books and published numerous book chapters and journal articles. He is also an Academician at Academia Sinica in Taiwan and holds honorary professorship in many universities in China. Professor Bonnie Erickson received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of British Columbia before moving to Harvard where she completed her Doctorate in Social Relations. She then spent three years as an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University before joining the faculty at University of Toronto in 1973. In addition to her work in the Department of Sociology, Erickson is currently cross-appointed to the Centre for Studies on Aging, the Centre for Urban and Community Studies, the Centre for Industrial Relations, and is on the Board of Directors of the Centre for Health Promotion. Erickson has published articles on a wide variety of topics, getting printed in publications including the Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, American Sociological Review, Social Networks, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
Release date Australia
February 4th, 2010
Edited by Bonnie Erickson Edited by Nan Lin
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Oxford University Press
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