Chapter 10

Network Capital

Abstract

A taxonomy of types of capital is discussed. Whereas physical capital is tangible, other forms of capital such as cultural, financial, political, psychotically, and economic are intangible and sometimes implicit and merely inferred. A specific kind of capital in networks is social capital that is featured in detail. Social capital is abundant in cohesive and well-connected networks but lacking in networks with structural holes. On the other hand, rarity of connections among parts of a network creates uneven social capital. Just as social capital in networks can be a source of social power, it can be wielded and spent on purpose for specific gains. We offer basic algorithms for reasoning about network resource ...

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