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Advanced Introduction to Social Capital

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Advanced Introduction to Social Capital

9781789902693 Edward Elgar Publishing
Karen S. Cook, Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Stanford University, US
Publication Date: September 2022 ISBN: 978 1 78990 269 3 Extent: c 160 pp
This Advanced Introduction to Social Capital provides an overview of cutting-edge research on social capital. Karen S. Cook highlights the networks, norms and trust involved in social capital that facilitate cooperation, strengthen civil society and contribute to social order, indicating how each contributes to the collective good and provides resources of value to individuals, organizations and institutions.

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Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences, business and law, expertly written by the world’s leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas.

This Advanced Introduction to Social Capital provides an overview of cutting-edge research on social capital. Karen S. Cook highlights the networks, norms and trust involved in social capital that facilitate cooperation, strengthen civil society and contribute to social order, indicating how each contributes to the collective good and provides resources of value to individuals, organizations and institutions.

Key Features:
• Cross-cultural comparisons of the role of social networks in a number of domains of activity
• A critical focus on the importance of tolerance and the reaffirmation of democratic principles and practices
• An understanding of current social and political challenges related to polarization, such as inequality and trust limitations

This timely Advanced Introduction is crucial reading for students and researchers in sociology and political science who are looking for an overview of social capital. It will also be an inspiring read for scholars of public policy, particularly those concerned with public management and its impact on social capital.
Critical Acclaim
‘Karen S. Cook, one of the most distinguished contributors to the research on trust and social capital, has done us an enormous service with her Advanced Introduction to Social Capital. Far more than an Introduction, this book is also a critical review, a presentation of new questions, and a comprehensive case for importance of studying trust, social capital, and their relation to understand just about every major aspect of contemporary society, from health, to crime, to cyberspace, to status, to social inequality. Newcomers will find a clear, engaging, and well-written summary of the field; experts will find an astute, fresh perspective that puts trust at the heart of the social order, and that somehow manages to introduce new questions to a well-established literature. Advanced Introduction to Social Capital is a fantastic and strongly-recommended book.’
– Mario L. Small, Columbia University, US

‘In recent years, the concept of social capital has become a widely cited but often misused black box deployed willy-nilly to explain any number of societal outcomes. Karen S. Cook’s masterful Advanced Introduction to Social Capital fills in the black box by providing much needed theoretical and substantive clarity about what social capital is, where it comes from, and how it can function for good or for ill in contemporary human societies.’
– Douglas S. Massey, The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, US
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