Social capital is arguably the most critical idea to emerge in thesocial sciences in the last two decades. Emphasizing the importance ofsocial networks, communication, and the symbolic and material exchangesthat strengthen communities, social capital has been the subject of anexpansive body of literature. Social Capital, Diversity, and theWelfare State represents a landmark consideration of the diversemeanings, causal foundations, and positive and negative consequences ofsocial capital, with a particular focus on its role in mitigating orenhancing social inequalities.
The chapters, written by economists, political scientists, andsociologists, address a range of empirical and theoretical issues. Thisbook is cutting-edge addition to the field that offers fresh insightsinto the conceptualization, operation, sources, and consequences ofsocial capital in Canadian society.
Fiona M. Kay is an associate professor in theDepartment of Sociology at Queen's University. RichardJohnston is a professor of political science and researchdirector of the National Annenberg Election Survey at the University ofPennsylvania.
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 IsOut? / Fiona M. Kay and Paul Bernard 4 Equality, Trust, and Multiculturalism / AvigailEisenberg Part 2: Studies of Social Capital and Determinants of SocialCapital 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 andThomas Perks 7 Ethnicity and Social Capital in Canada / AmandaAizlewood and Ravi Pendakur 8 Social Capital and Political Struggles of Immigrants: Sri LankanTamils and Black Caribbean Peoples in Toronto / SaraAbraham Part 3: Consequences of Social Capital: Policy andGovernment Programs 9 Social Capital and Intergenerational Coresidence: How EthnicCommunities and Families Shape Transitions to Adulthood / Barbara A. Mitchell 10 Social capital and Health in Canada: (Compositional) Effects ofTrust, Participation in Networks, and Civic Activity on Self-RatedHealth / Gerry Veenstra 11 Ethnicity, Trust, and the Welfare State / StuartN. Soroka, Richard Johnston, and Keith Banting Works Cited Contributors Index