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 16: Do network members’ resources generate health inequality? Social capital theory and beyond

Lijun Song, Cleothia G. Frazier and Philip J. Pettis

Abstract

In this chapter the authors provide a thorough grounding in Bourdieu (1986) and Lin (2001). The application of sociology to networks brings some novel outcomes. While network resources generally bring positive effects on health and wellbeing, the social relationships within the network could bring negative effects. The research describes, for example, how competing subgroups can develop for the resource. The authors explain results contrary to the usual intuitive outcome. They also explain the effect of circumstances that limit the “reachability” of one’s desired goals.

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