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Social Capital, Social Identities by Hans Bernhard Schmid, Christoph Henning, Dieter Thomä

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Martin Endress

Structures of Belonging, Types of SocialCapital, and Modes of Trust

“Society […] is […] something individuals do and suffer. […] Society certainly is not a ‘substance’, nothing concrete, but an event: it is the function of receiving and effecting the fate and development of one individual by the other” – that is the lesson Georg Simmel (1950, 10 f.) gave to sociologists. In line with this fundamental characterization, Simmel advised them to speak “not of society, but of sociation” (Simmel 1950, 10). Therefore, from a sociological point of view, an analysis of the phenomenon of “belonging” and the concept of “social capital” should argue from the perspective of an ongoing dialectic of individualization and sociation. According ...

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