Rethinking Social Capital: Global Contributions from Theory and Practice
Concepts of social capital play a well-established role in a number of academic disciplines and continue to grow in popularity in the discourses of the sciences, as well as those of civil society and social practice. As an element that is fundamental and constitutive of various forms of societal coexistence and wellbeing, social capital apparently generates positive effects. However, it also contributes to inequalities and unequal distribution of power, and is, consequently, a rather controversial subject.
This collection of essays represents reflections and case studies from all over the world. They step out of well-known paths of discourse and discuss the phenomenon of social capital in manifold ways and from new perspectives. In addition to rethinking social capital theoretically and methodologically, the authors focus especially on issues and challenges of its practical application. The contributions come from researchers and practitioners of different backgrounds including sciences such as sociology, philosophy, social geography, economics, health studies, history, interpersonal communication studies and cultural studies, as well as social practice in development aid. The volume will appeal to a broad audience from diverse disciplines, both academic and practical.
Elisabeth Kapferer is Research Fellow at the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research at the University of Salzburg, Austria. Her research focuses on culture and poverty alleviation, social capital, local knowledge, cultural memory studies, and poverty and social exclusion.
Isabell Gstach works as Research Fellow at the International Research Centre for Social and Ethical Issues, Salzburg, Austria. Her research interests lie in social networks, social capital and demographic change, especially in regard to public participation projects.
Andreas Koch is Head of the Social Geography Research Group at the Department of Geography and Geology and of the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research at the University of Salzburg, Austria, where he is also Vice-Chair of the International Research Centre for Social and Ethical Issues. His research interests are poverty and inequality in spatial contexts, demographic changes, modeling and simulation of social-spatial processes, and computational social science.
Clemens Sedmak is Professor of Social Ethics at the University of Notre Dame, USA, and Visiting Professor at King’s College London, UK, and the University of Salzburg, Austria. His research focus is poverty research and the Catholic Social Tradition.
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