Elgar Companion to Social Capital and Health
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Elgar Companion to Social Capital and Health

Edited by Sherman Folland and Eric Nauenberg

Sherman Folland and Eric Nauenberg present the cutting edge of research covering the ever-expanding social capital field. With excellent contributions from leading academics, the Elgar Companion to Social Capital and Health offers a developed examination of new research across sociology, epidemiology, economics, psychology, and political science.
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Chapter 15: Network approaches to the study of social capital and health

Spencer Moore, Stephanie Child, Yun-Hsuan Wu and Jennifer Mandelbaum


This chapter explores the basis of the sociology of networks. For example, weak ties are best to convey social capital, while strong ties like family members or close friends are not as effective in generating benefits. The chapter applies these concepts and others to describe cases of health interventions that result in increased physical exercise as well as reduced problem drinking, smoking, obesity, and improved mental health.

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