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Social Capital Theory

Towards a Methodological Foundation

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  • Towards a Methodological Foundation


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-23
  2. Introduction

    1. Julia Häuberer
      Pages 25-32
  3. Social Capital Concepts

  4. The Quality of Social Capital Measures in the Czech Republic

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 257-330

About this book


The field of social capital still lacks a recognized general theory. Accordingly, various and sometimes inappropriate measurements are used for it. Julia Häuberer contributes to filling in this gap and provides progress towards the creation of a formalized social capital theory based on the founding concepts of social capital of Bourdieu (1983) and Coleman (1988), and current concepts of Putnam (2000), Burt (1992) and Lin (2001). The second part of the monograph focuses on the quality of measurements of the more general concept of social capital derived in the first part. Therefore, the telephone survey “Social Relationships among Czech Citizens” conducted as a test-retest experiment is analyzed.
This book is valuable reading for academics in Sociology and Political Science.


Network Approach Reliability Social Capital Measures Soziologie Validity

About the authors

Julia Häuberer holds a doctoral degree from the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Her research interests are social capital and empirical social research, social distance, network analysis and social justice.

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