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Capital, in general, is a self-augmenting resource; social capital, then, 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 there are 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 those of James Coleman (1990), Robert Putnam (2000), and Pierre Bourdieu (1986).


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