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Social Capital


Nan Lin

ISBN 9780415407175
Published October 20, 2010 by Routledge
1792 Pages

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Book Description

‘Social capital’ is a major conceptual and theoretical idea that has received in the last three decades much attention across many social-science disciplines. In this relatively short period, it has developed into a major research paradigm guiding voluminous research conducted in North America, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere. Theory, measurement, and empirical research continue to grow. At the same time, major components of a theory, systematic research enterprises, and comprehensive applications in diverse substantive areas can now be identified in the literature. This new Routledge Major Work is a four-volume collection edited by a leading scholar who has brought together canonical and the very best cutting-edge research in the field.

Table of Contents


Volume I: Foundations: Concepts, Theories, and Measurements

part 1.1: nature and theories of capital

1. Introduction to Part 1.1—Nan Lin, ‘Theories of Capital’, Social Capital: A Theory of Social Structure and Action (Cambridge University Press, 2001), pp. 3–18.

1.1.1: The Classic Theory of Capital: Marx’s Capitalism

2. Karl Marx, ‘The General Formula for Capital’, Capital: A New Abridgement, ed. David McLellan (Oxford University Press, 1995), pp. 93–8.

1.1.2: Neo-Capital Theories

Human Capital

3. Theodore W. Schultz, ‘Investment in Human Capital’, American Economic Review, 1961, 51, 1–17.

Cultural Capital

4. Richard Jenkins, 'Symbolic Violence and Social Reproduction', in Pierre Bourdieu,  (Routledge, 2002), 103-27

part 1.2: homophily/heterophily, networks, and embedded resources

5. Introduction to Part 1.2—N. Lin, K. Cook and R. S. Burt (eds.), Social Capital: Theory and Research (Aldine de Gruyter, 2001), ch. 1.

1.2.1: Principle of Human Interactions: Homophily and Heterophily

6. George C. Homans, ‘The Human Group’, The Elements of Behavior (Harcourt, 1950), pp. 24–47.

7. Paul F. Lazarsfeld and Robert K. Merton, ‘Friendship as Social Process: A Substantive and Methodological Analysis’, in The Varied Sociology of Paul F. Lazarsfeld, ed. P. L. Kendall (Columbia University Press, 1954), pp. 298–317.

1.2.2: Formative Conceptualization: Networks and Resources

8. Nan Lin, ‘Social Resources and Instrumental Action’, in Peter Marsden and Nan Lin (eds.), Social Structure and Network Analysis (Sage, 1982), pp. 131–45.

9. Pierre Bourdieu, ‘The Forms of Capital’, in J. G. Richardson (ed.), Handbook of Theory and Research for the Sociology of Education (Greenwood Press, 1983), pp. 241–58.

10. James S. Coleman, 'Social Capital', in Foundations of Social Theory, (Harvard University Press, 1990), pp. 300-324.

1.2.3: Formative Studies

11. Mark Granovetter, 'The Strength of Weak Ties', American Journal of Sociology,  78, 6, pp. 1360-1380.

12. Nan Lin, Paul Dayton, and Peter Greenwald, ‘Analyzing the Instrumental Use of Relations in the Context of Social Structure’, Sociological Methods and Research, 1978, 7, 149–66.

part 1.3: measurements of social capital

13. Introduction to Part 1.3 by Nan Lin and Bonnie Erickson (new to this collection).

1.3.1: Network Features as Precursors

14. Edward Laumann, ‘Friends of Urban Man: An Assessment of Accuracy in Reporting their Socioeconomic Attributes, Mutual Choice, and Attitude Agreement’, Sociometry, 1969, 32, 54–69.

15. Barry Wellman, ‘The Community Question: The Intimate Networks of East Yorkers’, American Journal of Sociology, 1979, 84, 1201–31.

1.3.2: Name Generator

16. Peter V. Marsden, ‘Core Discussion Networks of Americans’, American Sociological Review, 1987, 52, 122–31.

1.3.3: Position Generator

17. Nan Lin and Mary Dumin, ‘Access to Occupations through Social Ties’, Social Networks, 1986, 8, 365–85.

18. M. P. J. van der Gaag, T. A. B. Snijders, and Henk Flap, ‘Position Generator Measures and their Relationship to Other Social Capital Measures’, in N. Lin and B. Erickson (eds.), Social Capital: An International Research Program (Oxford University Press, 2008), pp. 27–48.

19. Nan Lin, Yang-chih Fu and Ray-May Hsung, 'The Position Generator: A Measurement Technique for Investigations of Social Capital', in Nan Lin, Karen Cook and Ronald S. Burt (eds.), Social Capital: Theory and Research (Aldine de Gruytal, 2001).


Volume II: Socioeconomic and Education Attainment and Inequality

part 2. 1: social capital and socioeconomic attainment

20. Introduction to Part 2.1—Nan Lin, ‘Social Networks and Status Attainment’, Annual Review of Sociology, 1999, 25, 467–87.

2.1.1: Contact Status and Job Attainment

21. Nan Lin, Walter M. Ensel, and John C. Vaughn, ‘Social Resources and Strength of Ties: Structural Factors in Occupational Status Attainment’, American Sociological Review, 1981, 46, 4, 393–405.

22. Peter V. Marsden and Jeanne S. Hurlbert, ‘Social Resources and Mobility Outcomes: A Replication and Extension’, Social Forces, 1988, 66, 1038–59.

23. Nan Dirk De Graaf and Hendrik Derk Flap, ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’, Social Forces, 1988, 67, 2, 452–72.

24. Yanjie Bian, ‘Bringing Strong Ties Back In: Indirect Connection, Bridges, and Job Search in China’, American Sociological Review, 1997, 62, 366–85.

25. Nan Lin, ‘Job Search in Urban China: Gender, Network Chains, and Embedded Resources’, in Henk Flap and Beate Volker (eds.), Creation and Return to Social Capital (Praeger, 2003), pp. 145–71.

2.1.2 Capacity of Social Capital and Attainment

26. Bonnie H. Erickson, ‘Good Networks and Good Jobs: The Value of Social Capital to Employers and Employees’, in Nan Lin, Karen S. Cook, and Ronald S. Burt (eds.), Social Capital (Aldine de Gruyter, 2001), pp. 127–58.

27. Henk Flap and Beate Völker, ‘Social, Cultural, and Economic Capital and Job Attainment: The Position Generator as a Measure of Cultural and Economic Resources’, in N. Lin and B. Erickson (eds.), Social Capital: An International Research Program (Oxford University Press, 2008), pp. 65–80.

28. Nan Lin, Dan Ao, and Lijun Song, ‘Production and Return of Social Capital in Urban China’, in Ray-may Hsung, Nan Lin, and Ronald Breiger (eds.), Contexts of Social Capital: Social Networks in Communities, Markets and Organizations (Routledge, 2009), pp. 163–92.

part 2.2: social capital and educational achievement

29. Introduction to Part 2.2 by Nathan Martin and Nan Lin (new to this collection).

30. James S. Coleman, ‘Social Capital in the Creation of Human Capital’, American Journal of Sociology, 1988, 94, S95–S120.

31. Ricardo D. Stanton-Salazar and Sanford M. Dornbusch, ‘Social Capital and the Reproduction of Inequality: Information Networks among Mexican-Origin High School Students’, Sociology of Education, 1995, 68, 116–35.

32. Stephen L. Morgan and Aage B. Sørenson, ‘Parental Networks, Social Closure, and Mathematics Learning: A Test of Coleman’s Social Capital Explanation of School Effects’, American Sociological Review, 1999, 64, 661–81.

33. Erin McNamara Horvat, Elliot Weininger, and Annette Lareau, ‘From School Ties to Social Capital: Class Differences in the Relation between School and Parent Networks’, American Educational Research Journal, 2003, 40, 319–51.

part 2.3: inequality in social capital

34. Introduction to Part 2.3—Nan Lin, ‘Inequality in Social Capital’, Contemporary Sociology, 2000, 29, 785–95.

35. J. Miller McPherson and Lynn Smith-Lovin, ‘Women and Weak Ties: Differences by Sex in the Size of Voluntary Organization’, American Journal of Sociology, 1982, 87, 4, 883–904.

36. Gwen Moore, ‘Structural Determinants of Men’s and Women’s Personal Networks’, American Sociological Review, 1990, 55, 726–35.

37. Gary P. Green, Leann M. Tigges, and Irene Browne, ‘Social Resources, Job Search, and Poverty in Atlanta’, Research in Community Sociology, 1995, 5, 161–82.

38. Leann M. Tigges, Irene Browne, and Gary P. Green, ‘Social Isolation of the Urban Poor: Race, Class, and Neighborhood Effects on Social Resources’, Sociological Quarterly, 1998, 39, 53–77.

39. Sandra S. Smith, ‘"Don’t Put My Name on It": Social Capital Activation and Job-Finding Assistance Among the Black Urban Poor’, American Journal of Sociology, 2005, 111, 1–57.

Volume III: Economy and Health

part 3.1: social capital and economic activities

40. Introduction to Part 3.1 by Nan Lin (new to this collection).

41. Mark Granovetter, ‘Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problem of Embeddedness’, American Journal of Sociology, 1985, 91, 481–510.

42. Brian Uzzi, ‘Social Stratification and Competition in Interfirm Networks’, Administrative Science Quarterly, 1997, 42, 35–67.

43. Ronald S. Burt, ‘The Contingent Value of Social Capital’, Administrative Science Quarterly, 1997, 42, 339–65.

44. Joel M. Podolny, ‘Networks as the Pipes and Prisms of the Market’, American Journal of Sociology, 2001, 107, 1, 33–60.

45. Roberto M. Fernandez and Nancy Weinberg, ‘Sifting and Sorting: Personal Contacts and Hiring in Retail Bank’, American Sociological Review, 1997, 62, 883–902.

46. Ronald S. Burt, ‘The Gender of Social Capital’, Rationality and Society, 1998, 10, 1, 5–46.

47. Nan Lin, Yanlong Zhang, Wenhong Chen, Dan Ao, and Lijun Song, ‘Recruiting and Deploying Social Capital in Organizations: Theory and Evidence’, Work and Organization in China (Emerald Press, 2009).

part 3.2: social capital and health

48. Introduction to Part 3.1 by Lijun Song and Nan Lin (new to this collection).

3.2.1: Micro-level Analyses

49. Alan C. Acock and Jeanne S. Hurlbert, ‘Social Networks, Marital Status, and Well-being’, Social Networks, 1993, 15, 309–34.

50. T. Fujiwara and I. Kawachi, ‘A Prospective Study of Individual-Level Social Capital and Major Depression in the United States’, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 2008, 62, 627–33.

51. Lijun Song and Nan Lin. Forthcoming. ‘Social Capital and Health Inequality: Evidence from Taiwan’, Journal of Health and Social Behavior (forthcoming).

52. Martin P. Webber and Peter Huxley, ‘Measuring Access to Social Capital: The Validity and Reliability of the Resource Generator-UK and its Association with Common Mental Disorder’, Social Science & Medicine, 2007, 65: 481–92.

3.2.2: Meso- and Macro-Levels Analyses

53. I. Kawachi, B. P. Kennedy, and R. Glass, ‘Social Capital and Self-Rated Health: A Contextual Analysis’, American Journal of Public Health, 1999, 89, 1187–93.

54. Brendan Kennelly, Eamon O’Shea, and Eoghan Garvey, ‘Social Capital, Life Expectancy and Mortality: A Cross-National Examination’, Social Science & Medicine, 2003, 56, 2367–77.

55. Kimberly A. Lochner et al., ‘Social Capital and Neighborhood Mortality Rates in Chicago’, Social Science & Medicine, 2003, 56, 1797–805.

3.2.3: Multi-Level Analyses

56. Wouter Poortinga, ‘Social Capital: An Individual or Collective Resource for Health?’, Social Science & Medicine, 2006, 62, 292–302.

Volume IV: Civic Engagement, Development, and Current Issues

part 4.1: social capital and civic engagement

57. Introduction to Part 4.1 by Joon-Mo Son and Nan Lin (new to this collection).

58. Robert D. Putnam, ‘Thinking about Social Change in America’, Bowling Alone (Simon & Schuster, 2000), pp. 15–28.

59. Pamela Paxton, ‘Is Social Capital Declining in the United States? A Multiple Indicator Assessment’, American Journal of Sociology, 1999, 105, 88–127.

60. Robert J. Sampson et al., ‘Civil Society Reconsidered: The Durable Nature and Community Structure of Collective Civic Action’, American Journal of Sociology, 2005, 111, 673–714.

61. René Bekkers et al., ‘Social Networks of Participants in Voluntary Associations’, in N. Lin and B. Erickson (eds.), Social Capital: An International Research Program (Oxford University Press, 2008), pp. 185–205.

part 4.2: social capital and development

62. Introduction to Part 4.2 by Joon-Mo Son and Nan Lin (new to this collection).

63. Peter Evans, ‘Government Action, Social Capital and Development: Reviewing the Evidence on Synergy’, World Development, 1996, 24, 1119–32.

64. Michael Woolcock, ‘Social Capital and Economic Development: Toward a Theoretical Synthesis and Policy Framework’, Theory and Society, 1998, 27, 151–208.

65. Paul F. Whiteley, ‘Economic Growth and Social Capital’, Political Studies, 2000, 48, 443–66.

66. Carlo Trigilia, ‘Social Capital and Local Development’, European Journal of Social Theory, 2001, 4, 427–42.

Part 4.3: current issues

67. Introduction to Part 4.3 by Nan Lin (new to this collection).

4.3.1: The Invisible Hand of Social Capital

68. Steve McDonald and Glen Jr. Elder, ‘When Does Social Capital Matter? Non-Searching for Jobs Across the Life Course’, Social Forces, 2006, 85, 1, 521–50.

69. Nan Lin and Dan Ao, ‘The Invisible Hand of Social Capital: An Exploratory Study’, in N. Lin and B. Erickson (eds.), Social Capital: An International Research Program (Oxford University Press, 2008), pp. 107–32.

4.3.2: Social Capital and Trust

70. Karen S. Cook, ‘Networks, Norms, and Trust: The Social Psychology of Social Trust’, Social Psychology Quarterly, 2005, 68, 4–14.

4.3.3: Social Capital: Bridging the Micro-Macro Gap

71. Stijn Ruiter and Nan Dirk De Graaf, ‘Socio-Economic Payoffs of Voluntary Association Involvement: A Dutch Life Course Study’, European Sociological Review, 2008, 21, 1–18.

72. Joonmo Son and Nan Lin, ‘Social Capital and Civic Action: A Network-Based Approach’, Social Science Research, 2008, 37, 330–49.

4.3.4: Social Capital in the Web

73. Barry Wellman, Anabel Quan-Haase, James C. Witte, and Keith Hampton, ‘Does the Internet Increase, Decrease, or Supplement Social Capital? Social Networks, Participation, and Community Commitment’, American Behavioral Scientist, 2001, 45, 437–66.

74. Nan Lin, ‘Cybernetworks and the Global Village’, Social Capital: A Theory of Social Structure and Action (Cambridge University Press, 2001), pp. 210–39.

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