The term social capital has several definitions, interpretations, and uses. It refers mainly to (a) resources, and the value of these resources, both tangible (public spaces, private property) and intangible ("actors", "human capital", people), (b) the relationships among these resources, and (c) the impact that these relationships have on the resources involved in each relationship, and on larger groups. It is generally seen as a form of capital that produces public goods for a common good.
Social capital has been used to explain improved performance of diverse groups, the growth of entrepreneurial firms, superior managerial performance, enhanced supply chain relations, the value derived from strategic alliances, and the evolution of communities.
The term ''social capital'' was in intermittent use from about 1890, but only became widely used in the late 1990s.
In the first half of the 19th century, Alexis de Tocqueville had observations about American life that seemed to outline and define social capital. He observed that Americans were prone to meeting at as many gatherings as possible to discuss all possible issues of state, economics, or the world that could be witnessed. The high levels of transparency caused greater participation from the people and thus allowed for democracy to work better. The French writers highlighted also that the level of social participation (social capital) in American society was directly linked to the equality of conditions (Ferragina, 2010; 2012; 2013).
L. J. Hanifan's 1916 article regarding local support for rural schools is one of the first occurrences of the term ''social capital'' in reference to social cohesion and personal investment in the community.〔Hanifan, L. J. (1916) "The rural school community center", ''Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science'' 67: 130-138. Also see Hanifan, L. J. (1920)''The Community Center'', Boston: Silver Burdett.〕 In defining the concept, Hanifan contrasts social capital with material goods by defining it as:
I do not refer to real estate, or to personal property or to cold cash, but rather to that in life which tends to make these tangible substances count for most in the daily lives of people, namely, goodwill, fellowship, mutual sympathy and social intercourse among a group of individuals and families who make up a social unit… If he may come into contact with his neighbor, and they with other neighbors, there will be an accumulation of social capital, which may immediately satisfy his social needs and which may bear a social potentiality sufficient to the substantial improvement of living conditions in the whole community. The community as a whole will benefit by the cooperation of all its parts, while the individual will find in his associations the advantages of the help, the sympathy, and the fellowship of his neighbors (pp. 130-131).
John Dewey used the term in his monograph entitled "School and Society" in 1900, but he offered no definition of it.
Jane Jacobs used the term early in the 1960s. Although she did not explicitly define the term ''social capital'', her usage referred to the value of networks.〔Jacobs, Jane (1961). The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Random House, 1961, page 138〕 Political scientist Robert Salisbury advanced the term as a critical component of interest group formation in his 1969 article "An Exchange Theory of Interest Groups" in the ''Midwest Journal of Political Science''. Sociologist Pierre Bourdieu used the term in 1972 in his ''Outline of a Theory of Practice'',〔Bourdieu, Pierre. (1972) ''Outline of a Theory of Practice''〕 and clarified the term some years later in contrast to cultural, economic, and symbolic capital. Sociologists James Coleman, Barry Wellman and Scot Wortley adopted Glenn Loury's 1977 definition in developing and popularising the concept.〔Coleman, James. (1988). "Social Capital in the Creation of Human Capital". ''American Journal of Sociology'' Supplement 94: S95-S120. Wellman, Barry and Scot Wortley. (1990). "Different Strokes from Different Folks: Community Ties and Social Support". ''American Journal of Sociology'' 96: 558-88. Loury, Glenn (1977). A Dynamic Theory of Racial Income Differences. Chapter 8 of ''Women, Minorities, and Employment Discrimination'', Ed. P.A. Wallace and A. Le Mund. Lexington, Mass.: Lexington Books.〕 In the late 1990s the concept gained popularity, serving as the focus of a World Bank research programme and the subject of several mainstream books, including Robert Putnam's ''Bowling Alone''〔Putnam, Robert. (2000), "Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community" (Simon and Schuster).〕 and Putnam and Lewis Feldstein's ''Better Together''.
The concept that underlies social capital has a much longer history; thinkers exploring the relation between associational life and democracy were using similar concepts regularly by the 19th century, drawing on the work of earlier writers such as James Madison (''The Federalist Papers'') and Alexis de Tocqueville (''Democracy in America'') to integrate concepts of social cohesion and connectedness into the pluralist tradition in American political science. John Dewey may have made the first direct mainstream use of ''social capital'' in ''The School and Society'' in 1899, though he did not offer a definition.
The power of ''community governance'' has been stressed by many philosophers from antiquity to the 18th century, from Aristotle to Thomas Aquinas and Edmund Burke (Bowles and Gintis, 2002).〔Bowles, S. and Gintis S. (2002) "Social Capital and Community Governance". "The Economic Journal, 112: 419-436"〕 This vision was strongly criticised at the end of the 18th century, with the development of the idea of ''Homo Economicus'' and subsequently with ''rational choice theory''. Such a set of theories became dominant in the last centuries, but many thinkers questioned the complicated relationship between ''modern society'' and the importance of ''old institutions'', in particular family and traditional communities (Ferragina, 2010:75).〔(Ferragina, E. (2010) Social Capital and Equality: Tocqueville's Legacy. "The Toqueville Review, vol. XXXI: 73-98" )〕 The debate of community versus modernization of society and individualism has been the most discussed topic among the fathers of sociology (Tönnies, 1887;〔Tonnies, F. (1955) (). ''Community and Association''. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul〕 Durkheim, 1893;〔Durkheim, E. (1893) "De la Division du Travail". Les Classiques de Science Sociale.〕 Simmel, 1905;〔Simmel, G. (1969) () "The Metropolis and Mental Life", in Richard Sennet (eds) ''Classic Essays on the Culture of Cities''. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts.〕 Weber, 1946).〔Weber, M. (1946) "The Protestant Sects and the Spirit of Capitalism". In Hans H. Gert and Mills C. Wright (eds) ''From Max Weber''. New York: Oxford University Press.〕 They were convinced that industrialisation and urbanization were transforming social relationship in an irreversible way. They observed a breakdown of traditional bonds and the progressive development of anomie and alienation in society (Wilmott, 1986).〔Wilmott, P. (1986) ''Social Networks, Informal Care and Public Policy''. London: Policy Studies Institute.〕
After Tönnies' and Weber's works, reflection on social links in modern society continued with interesting contributions in the 1950s and in the 1960s, in particular ''mass society theory'' (Bell, 1962;〔Bell, D. (1962) "America as a Mass Society", in Daniel Bell (eds) ''The End of Ideology''. New York: Collier Books〕 Nisbet, 1969;〔Nisbet, R. A. ''The Quest for Community''. New York: Oxford University Press〕 Stein, 1960;〔Stein, M. R. (1960) ''The Eclipse of Community: an Interpretation of American Studies''. Princeton: Princeton University Press.〕 Whyte, 1956).〔Whyte, W. (1956) ''The Organization Man''. New York: Simon and Schuster.〕 They proposed themes similar to those of the founding fathers, with a more pessimistic emphasis on the development of society (Ferragina, 2010: 76). In the words of Stein (1960:1): “The price for maintaining a society that encourages cultural differentiation and experimentation is unquestionably the acceptance of a certain amount of disorganization on both the individual and social level.” All these reflections contributed remarkably to the development of the social capital concept in the following decades.
The appearance of the modern social capital conceptualization is a new way to look at this debate, keeping together the importance of community to build generalized trust and the same time, the importance of individual free choice, in order to create a more cohesive society (Ferragina, 2010;〔Ferragina,Pp. 76 (2010).〕 Ferragina, 2012 It is for this reason that social capital generated so much interest in the academic and political world (Rose, 2000).〔Rose, N. (2000) "Community Citizenship and the Third Way", ''American Behavioural Scientist'' 43: 1395-1411.〕
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