Introducing the Civic Perspective on Social Capital – Robert D. Putnam’s Concept of Social Capital



In the present chapter, we introduce Putnam's theoretical social capital concept, we discuss it critically and point out testable theorems contained in the concept. We find a broad operationalization of social capital in Putnam's writings. However, it isn't useful to test the conveyed theorems. Therefore, after introducing Putnam's research, the second part reviews empirical studies in his tradition concentrating on problems of measurement and answering the question, if the theorems hold up to empirical testing. We use the results of the discussion to refine our requirements for a social capital theory.


Social Capital Civic Engagement Social Trust Generalize Trust Sport Club 
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