Social or Public Capital?
The books cited in the first chapter as representative of the “neo-culturalist turn” in studies of trust have led to many publications in the social sciences. Numerous scholarly articles and books have been published, and it is difficult to coordinate an overview of the field’s many nuances. As an illustration, a search carried out in October 2008 on the database Worldwide Political Science Abstracts for the three terms considered key in Chapter 1, “network”, “social capital”, and “trust”, yielded the names of 787 researchers whose brief descriptions of their work on their own websites included the three terms. In the Sociological Abstracts database there have been 485 entries containing all three terms since 1990, and the trend is growing, with few entries at the beginning of the period and 61 in 2010, and these numbers are probably grossly underestimated (search carried out in March 2012). In some of the latest publications there are overviews of ongoing research and discussions of the concepts used in the field. In this summary chapter, I will refrain, as I have chosen to do in previous chapters, from giving a detailed account of definitional matters or an extensive overview of this expanding field of research.
KeywordsSocial Capital Social Life Public Sphere Social Space Public Capital
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