Chapter 5: Families, communities, and education
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The family is the most fundamental of social institutions and a great deal of social capital research deals with how families make interpersonal investments in their members. Families exist in larger community settings, though, and the functioning of families depends heavily on the forms and assets of communities. Research on social capital in the production of human capital, through education, is a particularly important area for the application of social capital ideas regarding families and communities. In this chapter, I begin to apply the model of social capital developed in Part 1 by discussing the interconnections of families, communities, and education.

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