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CiteWeb id: 20020000032

CiteWeb score: 7614

DOI: 10.5465/AMR.2002.5922314

A growing number oi sociologists, political scientists, economists, and organizational theorists have invoked the concept of social capital in the search for answers to a broadening range of questions being confronted in their own fields. Seeking to clarify the concept and help assess its utility for organizational theory, we synthesize the theoretical research undertaken in these various disciplines and develop a common conceptual framework that identifies the sources, benefits, risks, and contingencies of social capital. The concept of social capital has become increasingly popular in a wide range of social science disciplines. A growing number of sociologists, political scientists, and economists have invoked the concept of social capital in the search for answers to a broadening range of questions being confronted in their own fields. Social capital—understood roughly as the goodwill that is engendered by the fabric of social relations and that can be mobilized to facilitate action—has informed the study of families, youth behavior problems, schooling and education, public health, community life, democracy and governance, economic development, and general problems of collective action (for overviews, see Jackman & Miller, 1998; Portes & Sensenbrenner, 1993; and Woolcock, 1998; see also special issues of American Behavioial Scientist. 40[6], 1997, and 42[1], 1998; Housing Policy Debate. 9[1], 1998; Administrative Theory and Praxis. 21[1], 1999; National Civic Review. 86[2L 1999; and the World Bank's "Let's Talk Social Capital" internet discussion group and its social capital website at http://www.wo rldbank.org/ poverty/scapital/index.htm).

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