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Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Social Capital

Edited by Yaojun Li, Professor of Sociology, University of Manchester, UK
Social capital is fundamentally concerned with resources in social relations. This Handbook brings together leading scholars from around the world to address important questions on the determinants, manifestations and consequences of social capital. Combining cutting-edge theory and appropriate data and methods, it presents a challenge to both social capital researchers interested in explaining social inequality and to policy-makers with responsibility for designing effective measures for enhancing social cohesion.
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Publication Date: 2015
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Social capital is fundamentally concerned with resources in social relations. This Handbook brings together leading scholars from around the world to address important questions on the determinants, manifestations and consequences of social capital. Various mechanisms of formal and informal social involvement, its relationship with other forms of social exclusion and its role in civic, instrumental and expressive domains of our socio-economic and community lives are explored.

This unique Handbook:

• combines cutting-edge theory with appropriate data and methods

• explores the mechanisms of formal and informal social involvement including the role of parental class and cultural influence, and the consequences for our personal and community lives

• links social capital with other domains of social inequality such as cultural practice and philanthropic behaviour in an in-depth examination of the social stratification processes

• conducts a thorough analysis of formal and informal social involvement, and bonding and bridging social ties on trust, tolerance, community cohesion, educational attainment, labour market position, quality of life and ethnic entrepreneurism

• analyses social capital as both an outcome and as a mediating variable at the micro, meso and macro levels.

Accessible yet rigorous, this Handbook presents a challenge to both social capital researchers interested in explaining social inequality and to policy-makers with responsibility for designing effective measures for combating social exclusion. It will also be essential reading for students in sociology, political science, developmental economics and management studies.
‘This Handbook, edited by Yaojun Li, one of the leading scholars on social capital, is a timely and comprehensive collection of chapters on social capital by some of the most important contributors from North America, Europe and Asia. The introduction, in which Professor Li provides an extensive and in-depth review and evaluation of the theory, measurement and research on social capital, is by itself one of the most significant, state-of-the-art contributions on social capital available today. It is a must-read volume for scholars and students interested in social capital from a comparative perspective.’
– Nan Lin, Duke University, US

‘This is a wonderful and inspiring book. It integrates the latest research results on social capital and includes contributions by influential western and eastern scholars. It will provide a unique reference for researchers and students in this field.’
– Haifeng Du, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
Contributors: N. Allum, R. Andersen, L. Bécares, Y. Bian, F. Buscha, C. Cheng, R.R. Côté, D. Cutts, N. Demireva, F. Devine, J.K. Dhillon, L. Donato, B.H. Erickson, J. Fiel, J. Field, E. Fieldhouse, A. Gamoran, A. García-Macías, D. Griffiths, A. Heath, X. Huang, P.S. Lambert, J. Laurence, Y. Li, M. Lubbers, J.L. Molina, J. Nazroo, J. Pampalona, R. Patulny, J. Rodríguez Menés, M. Savage, M. Shoji, P. Sturgis, E.M. Uslaner, H. Valenzuela-García, P.-P. Verhaeghe, W. Wang, A. Warde, M. Western, L. Zhang, L. Zhang, W. Zhang




Contents:

1. Social Capital in Sociological Research: Conceptual Rigour and Empirical Application
Yaojun Li

2. Social Stratification, Social Capital and Cultural Practice in the UK
Yaojun Li, Mike Savage and Alan Warde

3. The Flow of Soul: A Sociological Study of Generosity in England and Wales (2001 – 2011)
Yaojun Li

4. The Roots of Trust
Eric M. Uslaner

5. Social Connectedness and Generalized Trust: A Longitudinal Perspective
Patrick Sturgis, Roger Patulny, Nick Allum and Franz Buscha

6. Social Capital and Ethnic Tolerance: The Opposing Effects of Diversity and Competition
Rochelle R. Côté, Robert Andersen and Bonnie H. Erickson

7. Diversity and Social Capital in the US and UK: The Role of Bridging Friendships
David Cutts and Edward Fieldhouse

8. Informal, Associational Bonding and Associational Bridging: Which Ties Matter Most for Minority Involvement and Integration?
Neli Demireva and Anthony Heath

9. The Efficacy of Neighbourhood Attitudes as Measures of Social Capital: Returning to Norms and Values and the Centrality of Networks
James Laurence

10. The Position Generator Approach to Social Capital Research: Measurements and Results
Pieter-Paul Verhaeghe and Yaojun Li

11. Formal and Informal Social Connections in the UK
Yaojun Li, Anthony Heath and Fiona Devine

12. Social Capital and the Social Relations of Occupational Structure
Dave Griffiths and Paul S. Lambert

13. Social Capital and Life Satisfaction in Australia
Xianbi Huang and Mark Western

14. Social Capital, Ethnic Density and Mental Health Among Ethnic Minority People in England: A Mixed-methods Study
Laia Bécares and James Nazroo

15. An Intervention Approach to Building Social Capital: Effects on Grade Retention
Jeremy Fiel, Megan Shoji, and Adam Gamoran

16. Social Ties, Agency, and Change: Education and Social Capital in Adult Life
John Field

17. Social Capital in Inter-organisational Partnership Research
Jaswinder K Dhillon

18. Social Capital, Social Cohesion and Cognitive Attainment
Jorge Rodríguez Menés and Luisa Donato

19. Institution-Spanning Social Capital and its Income Returns in China
Yanjie Bian, Lei Zhang, Wenbin Wang and Cheng Cheng

20. Social Capital and Marketization in the Chinese Labour Market
Wenhong Zhang and Li Zhang

21. Social Capital in Ethnic Enclaves: Indians in Lloret de Mar, and Pakistanis in Barcelona
José Luis Molina, Hugo Valenzuela-García, Alejandro García-Macías, Miranda Lubbers and Judith Pampalona

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