Chapter 4: Social capital and social structure
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As a final part of clarifying the theoretical issues in social capital theory, this chapter deals with the relationship between social capital and social structure. It begins with a discussion of the micro-macro problem in the social sciences and describes this as a key issue precisely because social capital entails moving across levels of analysis. After looking at social structure as an environment that acts as a kind of market for the investment of social capital, the chapter proposes a general model that can serve as the basis for applications of social capital in Part 2. It ends with a brief consideration of structured intergenerational loops.

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