Conclusion: social capital rethought
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The book concludes by summarizing how the preceding chapters have attempted to address the topic of social capital in two parts, first by clarifying the concept of social capital and second by examining the major applications of the theory. It draws attention to the structural model of social capital proposed in Chapter 4 as a way of approaching social capital as a process. It ends by suggesting that social capital is useful as a descriptive and analytical tool but expresses skepticism about prescriptive uses of social capital for purposes of social reconstruction.

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