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 4: How social capital arises in areas

Tor Iversen and Tigist Woldetsadik Sommeno


This chapter expands on an earlier article (Folland and Iversen, 2014), bringing into view the many studies since then. These include the relationship of social capital to one’s age, ethnicity, gender, education and other categories described in recent findings. Of particular note, the authors sort out the complexity of the studies on income inequality and its effect on social capital. One study finds no relation between inequality and trust; yet another finds a negative correlation between social capital and inequality. In one study of kindergarten children it was found that the young girls were more trusting than the boys.

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