Social Capital

Author: Nan Lin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521521673
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Social Resources and Social Action explains the importance of using social connections and social relations in achieving goals. Social capital, or resources accessed through such connections and relations, is critical (along with human capital, or what a person or organization actually possesses) in achieving goals for individuals, social groups, organizations, and communities. The book introduces a theory which forcefully argues and shows why "it is who you know," as well as "what you know" that makes a difference in life and society.

Social Capital

Author: Nan Lin
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9780202368948
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Leading scholars in the field of social networks from diverse disciplines present the first systematic and comprehensive collection of current theories and empirical research on the informal connections that individuals have for support, help, and information from other people. Expanding on concepts originally formulated by Pierre Bourdieu and James Coleman, this seminal work will find an essential place with educators and students in the fields of social networks, rational choice theory, institutions, and the socioeconomics of poverty, labor markets, social psychology, and race. The volume is divided into three parts. The first segment clarifies social capital as a concept and explores its theoretical and operational bases. Additional segments provide brief accounts that place the development of social capital in the context of the family of capital theorists, and identify some critical but controversial perspectives and statements regarding social capital in the literature. The editors then make the argument for the network perspective, why and how such a perspective can clarify controversies and advance our understanding of a whole range of instrumental and expressive outcomes. Social Capital further provides a forum for ongoing research programs initiated by social scientists working at the crossroads of formal theory and new methods. These scholars and programs share certain understandings and approaches in their analyses of social capital. They argue that social networks are the foundation of social capital. Social networks simultaneously capture individuals and social structure, thus serving as a vital conceptual link between actions and structural constraints, between micro- and macro-level analyses, and between relational and collective dynamic processes. They are further cognizant of the dual significance of the "structural" features of the social networks and the "resources" embedded in the networks as defining elements of social capital. Nan Lin is professor of sociology, Duke University. Karen Cook is Ray Lyman Wilber Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Stanford University. Ronald S. Burt is Hobart W. Williams Professor of Sociology and Strategy, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Structural Holes

Author: Ronald S. Burt
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674029097
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Social Capital

Author: David Halpern
Publisher: Polity
ISBN: 0745625479
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This work presents an introduction to the concept of social capital - a term which refers to the social networks, informal structures and norms that facilitate individual and collective action.

Social Capital

Author: John Field
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415257530
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This is an indispensable introduction to the topic which explains the theoretical underpinning of the subject, the empirical work that has been done to explore its operation and the effect that it has had on policy making."--Jacket.

The Handbook Of Social Capital

Author: Dario Castiglione
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0199271232
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The study of social capital is one of the most exciting recent developments in the social sciences. It has rapidly become a powerful concept in the vocabulary of the social sciences, influenced new research programmes in politics, economics, and the social sciences in general, and established itself in public discourse. As the idea of social capital has spread, the literature about it has increased exponentially. After twenty years it is time for a more consideredand critical assessment of its meaning and its standing as a key concept of social research. The Handbook offers a comprehensive view of social capital studies. Written by some of the main experts in the fields, who have been asked to take a fresh look at various aspects of the concept and of theempirical literatures, it is both an authoritative, critical, and innovative introduction to the study of social capital.

Understanding Social Networks

Author: Charles Kadushin
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199920818
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Despite the swift spread of social network concepts and their applications and the rising use of network analysis in social science, there is no book that provides a thorough general introduction for the serious reader. Understanding Social Networks fills that gap by explaining the big ideas that underlie the social network phenomenon. Written for those interested in this fast moving area but who are not mathematically inclined, it covers fundamental concepts, then discusses networks and their core themes in increasing order of complexity. Kadushin demystifies the concepts, theories, and findings developed by network experts. He selects material that serves as basic building blocks and examples of best practices that will allow the reader to understand and evaluate new developments as they emerge. Understanding Social Networks will be useful to social scientists who encounter social network research in their reading, students new to the network field, as well as managers, marketers, and others who constantly encounter social networks in their work.

Generalized Blockmodeling

Author: Patrick Doreian
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521840859
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This book provides an integrated treatment of blockmodeling, the most frequently used technique in social network analysis. It secures its mathematical foundations and then generalizes blockmodeling for the analysis of many types of network structures. Examples are used throughout the text and include small group structures, little league baseball teams, intra-organizational networks, inter-organizational networks, baboon grooming networks, marriage ties of noble families, trust networks, signed networks, Supreme Court decisions, journal citation networks, and alliance networks. Also provided is an integrated treatment of algebraic and graph theoretic concepts for network analysis and a broad introduction to cluster analysis. These formal ideas are the foundations for the authors' proposal for direct optimizational approaches to blockmodeling which yield blockmodels that best fit the data, a measure of fit that is integral to the establishment of blockmodels, and creates the potential for many generalizations and a deductive use of blockmodeling.

Exploratory Social Network Analysis With Pajek

Author: Wouter de Nooy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521841739
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The first textbook on social network analysis integrating theory, applications, and professional software.

Social Perspectives In Mental Health

Author: Jerry Tew
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 184310220X
Size: 42.61 MB
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This comprehensive volume offers a whole new practice framework that helps to make sense of people's mental distress and recovery in relation to their social experience. The book presents a wide range of the social and political dimensions of mental health and distress.