‘What does “social capital” mean?’ Thompson, Denise en_US 2021-11-25T15:23:42Z 2021-11-25T15:23:42Z 2009 en_US
dc.description.abstract The paper begins with an investigation of two metaphors central to the ‘social capital’ framework - ‘glue’ and ‘capital’. Both are found to be inappropriate descriptions of the kinds of human relationships supposedly being alluded to by the term ‘social capital’. While the inappropriateness of the term ‘glue’ is not a major threat to the discourse, the case of ‘capital’ is more serious. The rest of the paper is devoted to unravelling the connotations of ‘capital’ and the implications of applying it to relationships where the kind of calculation necessary for sound economic performance have no place. The competitiveness inherent in the functioning of capital belies the cooperation assumed to exist in ‘social capital’, while the requirement for ‘productiveness’ has disquieting implications for those who, for whatever reason, cannot be productive in the economic sense. The final section of the paper argues that those who are supposedly the main, if not the only, beneficiaries of ‘social capital’ - the ‘disadvantaged’ or the ‘socially excluded’ - do not in fact benefit from whatever is being alluded to by the term ‘social capital’. The paper concludes by asking, but not answering, the question: Why, if ‘social capital’ cannot diminish poverty, is it being posited as a substitute for the welfare state, the only institution that does address poverty (if minimally)? en_US
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dc.identifier.issn 0157-6321 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
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dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other welfare state en_US
dc.subject.other social capital en_US
dc.subject.other capitalism en_US
dc.title ‘What does “social capital” mean?’ en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
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unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofissue 2 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofjournal Australian Journal of Social Issues en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 145-161 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofvolume 44 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Thompson, Denise, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW en_US Social Policy Research Centre *
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