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

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Franz Schultheis

Social Capital and Power: A SociologicalPoint of View

The Two Faces of Social Capital

In contemporary political or economic sciences, reference is most generally made to the works of Robert D. Putnam (1992) when dealing with the notion of social capital. His well- known concept of social capital has essentially three components:

  • – social networks
  • – moral obligations and norms
  • – and last but not least social values.

In this kind of functionalist perspective on social reality, social capital is looked upon as a central condition of social integration and cohesion, economic success and the well-being of nations. And if countries or regions have successful economic systems and a high level of political integration among their ...

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