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

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Martin Diewald & Joerg Luedicke

Modernity, Welfare State, and Inequality

Individual and Societal Preconditions of Social Capital

Introduction

Over the course of recent decades, the quality and structure of informal social relations, and their consequences for individuals and societies, have increasingly attracted the notice of sociologically, politically, and economically oriented scholars, culminating in the development of the concept of “Social Capital”. Social capital can be conceived as the resources embedded in social networks (e. g., Lin et al. 2013). These resources are not a desirable end in themselves but are supposed to “bring about desirable states” (Henning in this volume, p. 216). Whether this happens or not depends on the social ...

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