Qi, X. (2017). Social capital [accepted manuscript]. Bryan S Turner, Chang Kyung-Sup, Cynthia Fuchs Epstein. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory 1-4. United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell.
Social capital is a social facility which is a basis of agency for those who invest in it and have access to it. There is no unitary theory of social capital but a number of distinctive accounts which emphasize different bases and particular outcomes of social capital. The best known contributions to the identification and theorization of social capital are James Coleman (1990), Robert Putnam (2000) and Pierre Bourdieu (1986). The approaches of these theorists are discussed.
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