Social capital is arguably the most critical idea to emerge in the
social sciences in the last two decades. Emphasizing the importance of
social networks, communication, and the symbolic and material exchanges
that strengthen communities, social capital has been the subject of an
expansive body of literature. Social Capital, Diversity, and the
Welfare State represents a landmark consideration of the diverse
meanings, causal foundations, and positive and negative consequences of
social capital, with a particular focus on its role in mitigating or
enhancing social inequalities.
The chapters, written by economists, political scientists, and
sociologists, address a range of empirical and theoretical issues. This
book is cutting-edge addition to the field that offers fresh insights
into the conceptualization, operation, sources, and consequences of
social capital in Canadian society.
Fiona M. Kay is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Queen's University. Richard Johnston is a professor of political science and research director of the National Annenberg Election Survey at the University of Pennsylvania.
Figures and Tables 1 Introduction / Fiona M. Kay and Richard Johnston Part 1: Theoretical Overview 2 Ubiquity and Disciplinary Contrasts of Social Capital / Fiona M. Kay and Richard Johnston 3 The Dynamics of Social Capital: Who Wants to Stay In If Nobody Is Out? / Fiona M. Kay and Paul Bernard 4 Equality, Trust, and Multiculturalism / Avigail Eisenberg Part 2: Studies of Social Capital and Determinants of Social Capital 5 Measuring and Modelling Trust / Stuart N. Soroka, John F. Helliwell, and Richard Johnston 6 Gender, Early Experiences with "Social Capital," and Adult Community Participation / James Curtis and Thomas Perks 7 Ethnicity and Social Capital in Canada / Amanda Aizlewood and Ravi Pendakur 8 Social Capital and Political Struggles of Immigrants: Sri Lankan Tamils and Black Caribbean Peoples in Toronto / Sara Abraham Part 3: Consequences of Social Capital: Policy and Government Programs 9 Social Capital and Intergenerational Coresidence: How Ethnic Communities and Families Shape Transitions to Adulthood / Barbara A. Mitchell 10 Social capital and Health in Canada: (Compositional) Effects of Trust, Participation in Networks, and Civic Activity on Self-Rated Health / Gerry Veenstra 11 Ethnicity, Trust, and the Welfare State / Stuart N. Soroka, Richard Johnston, and Keith Banting Works Cited Contributors Index