Capital, Social, Definition(s) of

  • A (36)
  • B (19)
  • C (58)
  • D (26)
  • E (34)
  • F (43)
  • G (20)
  • H (19)
  • I (27)
  • J (11)
  • K (1)
  • L (16)
  • M (27)
  • N (18)
  • O (18)
  • P (33)
  • Q (5)
  • R (30)
  • S (59)
  • T (16)
  • U (4)
  • V (7)
  • W (39)

"The norms and values people hold that result in, and are the result of, collective and socially negotiated ties and relationships." (Edwards)

"…skill sets needed by different types of employees if they are to be successful in particular types of careers and the attitudes they hold towards their careers and organizations." (Mclean, 2003)

"… features of social organizations, such as networks, norms and trust, that facilitate action and co-operation for mutual benefit." (Putnam, 1993).

"Social capital is defined by its functions. It is not a single entity but it is a variety of entities, with two elements in common: they all consist of some aspect of social structures, and they facilitate certain action of different actors - whether persons or corporate actors - within the structure." (Coleman, 1988)

"… the aggregate of the actual or potential resources which are linked to possession of a durable network of more or less institutionalized relationships of mutual acquaintance and recognition … membership of a group - which provides each of its members with the backing of the collectively own capital." (Burdieu, 1985).

Glossary Source: 

Edwards, R. (2002, October 18). Social Capital, A Sloan Work and Family Encyclopedia Entry. Chestnut Hill, MA: Boston College.

Social Capital. (2002). In Iain Mclean, (Ed.), The concise Oxford dictionary of politics in politics and social sciences. UK: Oxford University Press, Inc. Internet Explorer. http://www.oxfordreference.com (13 June 2003).

Putnam, R. D. (1993). The prosperous community: social capital and public life. American Prospect, 13, 35-42.

Coleman, J. (1988). Social capital in the creation of human capital. American Journal of Sociology, 94(S), 95-120.

Bourdieu, P. (1985). The forms of capital. In J.G. Richardson (Ed.). Handbook of theory and research for the sociology of education. New York: Greenwood.