Handbook of Social Capital and Regional Development
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Handbook of Social Capital and Regional Development

Edited by Hans Westlund and Johan P. Larsson

The role of social capital in regional development is a multifaceted topic which is studied all over the world using various methods and across numerous disciplines. It has long been evident that social capital is important for regional development, however, it is less clear how this works in practice. Do all types of social capital have the same effects and are different kinds of regions impacted in the same way? This book is the first to offer an overview of this rapidly expanding field of research and to thoroughly analyse the complex issue of social capital and regional development.
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Chapter 8: Indonesian entrepreneurs in the UK: a social capital perspective on challenges and opportunities of migrant entrepreneurs

Eddy Setiawan, Dessy Irawati and Roel Rutten


This study uses the example of six Indonesian migrant entrepreneurs in the UK to demonstrate how social capital ‘works’. Based on in-depth interviews with these people, the study identifies how bonding and bridging social capital play a different role in the start-up and development phases of a business. Importantly, the study shows how material conditions, such as education, legal status and kind of business, affect the development of social capital of migrant entrepreneurs. The study further explains how maintaining bonding social capital in one’s own community may come at the expenses of building bridging social capital that is needed for business development.

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