Monthly Archives: November 2015

“The power of social capital” – for whom, when and where? Sceptical notes about social capital

An ESRC Festival of Social Science event on social capital was publicised on the ESRC’s twitter feed with the phrase “I’ll be there for you: the power of social capital”. But to what extent can we assume that it will be? Can we expect the benefits of social capital to be available at all times, can we expect that people will engage to a greater extent than they have to date, and are these benefits available to all communities? There are some contradictory indications – some of which are discussed at greater length in a TSRC working paper here although what follows draws on the work of several other academics. Continue reading “The power of social capital” – for whom, when and where? Sceptical notes about social capital

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