Globalization, Social Capital and Inequality

Globalization, Social Capital and Inequality

Contested Concepts, Contested Experiences

Edited by Wilfred Dolfsma and Charlie Dannreuther

This volume investigates the relationship between globalization, inequality and social capital, and reveals that although strongly related, these ideas are also highly contested. The authors elucidate the interactions between these concepts, looking in detail at the conflicts and competitiveness which can arise at both the national and organizational level.

Chapter 9: Contexted boundaries: globalization, social capital and inequality

Wilfred Dolfsma and Charlie Dannreuther

Subjects: economics and finance, institutional economics


17307_Globalisation/Chap 9 05/03/2003 9:33 am Page 1 9. Contested boundaries: globalization, social capital and inequality Wilfred Dolfsma and Charlie Dannreuther Globalization has never stopped being contested. Conceptually, both its existence as well as its effects are disputed.1 The disputes actually taking place in ‘the real world out there’ have taken increasingly nasty forms over the last few years. The workings of organizations overarching the nation states have been subject to strong forms of criticisms from a number of segments in society. The reasons for such criticisms by both (organized groups of) civilians, but also by governments to some degree, can be found in the other two words from the title of this edited volume: social capital and inequality. Globalization might threaten existing forms and structures of societies or communities. Partly related to this point: countries, groups or individuals might be worse off in relative or even absolute terms because of the workings of globalization.2 The relation between the discussions taking place in the real world out there on the one hand, and in the academic realm on the other is clearly brought out in the chapter by Lord Desai prefacing this volume, as well as in the contribution of Milan Sojka. Discussing the links between globalization, social capital and inequality, on an empirical and theoretical level, is what this volume adds to the burgeoning literature. In doing so, it tries to provide a guideline for this highly sensitive and dynamic discussion. BOUNDARIES The idea of boundary is a...

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