Social Indicators Research

, Volume 134, Issue 2, pp 607–629 | Cite as

Tolerance Within Community: Does Social Capital Affect Tolerance?

  • Jasmine Wise
  • Robyn Driskell


Tolerance is valuable in the development of any U.S. community. Individuals of varying religious beliefs, political leanings, and sexual orientations constitute communities. These differences can create unwanted divisions within the community if tolerance is not present. Examining through the framework of social capital theory, specifically civic engagement and social embeddedness, the present study seeks to understand what impacts an individual to be more tolerant of others. In the current study, tolerance is a broad measure that combines various types of individual characteristics into one dependent variable, including tolerance levels of different races, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations. Using independent measures of social capital in the form of civic engagement and social embeddedness, the study expects those individuals who have more instances of civic engagement and social embeddedness will be more tolerant of others compared to those with no or low levels of either civic engagement or social embeddedness.


Tolerance Community Social capital Civic engagement Social embeddedness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyBaylor UniversityWacoUSA

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