Chapter 6: Formal organizations and informal networks
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The model of social capital that I have proposed identifies organizations as a component of social capital. In this chapter, I discuss how community forms, understood as social networks, intersect with formal organizations. I give particular attention to the function of organizations in serving as focal points for patterns of interpersonal relations. The chapter considers the ways in which communities and households work in and through formal organizations to produce information channels and to create control and direction to coordinate collective action.

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