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Elgar Companion to Social Capital and Health

Edited by Sherman Folland, Department of Economics, Oakland University, US and Eric Nauenberg, University of Toronto, Canada
Sherman Folland and Eric Nauenberg present the cutting edge of research covering the ever-expanding social capital field. With excellent contributions from leading academics, the Elgar Companion to Social Capital and Health offers a developed examination of new research across sociology, epidemiology, economics, psychology, and political science.
Extent: 336 pp
Hardback Price: $190.00 Web: $171.00
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78536 070 1
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Health Policy and Economics
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Health Policy and Economics
  • Sociology and Sociological Theory
Sherman Folland and Eric Nauenberg present the cutting edge of research covering the ever-expanding social capital field. With excellent contributions from leading academics, the Elgar Companion to Social Capital and Health offers a developed examination of new research across sociology, epidemiology, economics, psychology, and political science.

Authors from across North America, Europe, and Asia provide wide-ranging and detailed accounts of social capital and health, focusing on social networks, causality, and productivity. Sections cover theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence supporting the connection between social capital and health worldwide. Authors discuss ageing, immigration, religion, and workplace health as well as focusing on social capital in developing countries experiencing rapid and extensive economic growth.

Essential reading for any aspirational social capital and health policy academic, this Companion offers future paths for research within sociology, health economics, epidemiology, political science, and social policy. The breadth of study would also benefit public health officials, policy analysts, and healthcare decision-makers.
‘Did you know that the concept of “social capital” can be traced to Marx? This Companion contains many more startling insights, not least due to its comprehensive review of worldwide empirical evidence suggesting that indeed social capital may have a causal effect not only on mental but also on physical health. Congratulations to the contributors!’
– Peter Zweifel, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Contributors: N.D. Anderson, S. Child, H. Corman, S. Dinda, S. Folland, C.G. Frazier, J. Guo, M.K. Islam, T. Iversen, F. Jusot, O.M. Kaarbøe, M. Lindström, M. Ljunge, J. Mandelbaum, M. Menéndez, S. Moore, E. Nauenberg, K. Noonan, P.J. Pettis, S. Raïs Ali, N.E. Reichman, L. Rocco, L. Rochaix, E. Shapiro, C. Sharony, T.W. Someno, L. Song, Y.-H. Wu
Contents:

1. Introduction
Sherman Folland and Eric Nauenberg

PART I Theories on how social capital improves health
2. How does social capital contribute to health?
Sherman Folland

3. History of social capital and health
M. Kamrul Islam

4. How social capital arises in areas
Tor Iversen and Tigist Woldetsadik Sommeno

PART II Special inquiries on social capital and health
5. Social capital and health across the life cycle
Eric Nauenberg

6. Religious and social capital and health
Ephraim Shapiro and Chen Sharony

PART III Empirical evidence: does social capital improve health?
7. Social capital in epidemiology
Martin Lindström

8. Social capital and aging brain health
Nicole D. Anderson

9. Social capital and types of illnesses: Where is it most effective?
M. Kamrul Islam, Sherman Folland and Oddvar Martin Kaarbøe

10. Social capital and risk-taking behavior
Sherman Folland

PART IV Causality issues
11. Social capital and health interventions: Enhancing social capital to improve health
Jean Guo, Setti Raïs Ali and Lise Rochaix

12. Does health affect social capital?
Hope Corman, Kelly Noonan and Nancy E. Reichman

13. Trust promotes health: addressing reverse causality by studying children of immigrants
Martin Ljunge

14. Workplace social capital and sickness absence
M. Kamrul Islam and Lorenzo Rocco

PART V Sociology and social capital
15. Network approaches to the study of social capital and health
Spencer Moore, Stephanie Child, Yun-Hsuan Wu and Jennifer Mandelbaum

16. Do network members’ resources generate health inequality? Social capital theory and beyond
Lijun Song, Cleothia G. Frazier and Philip J. Pettis

PART VI Social capital and health in world development
17. Social capital and health inequalities in developing countries: A case study for Indonesia
Florence Jusot and Marta Menéndez

18. Social capital and economic growth
Soumyananda Dinda

Index