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NOTES 11-6 SOCIAL CAPITAL - ISS Notes CLASS 21 SOCIAL...

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ISS Notes- 11/6/07 CLASS 21- SOCIAL CAPITAL Social Capital Robert D. Putnam o A professor of public policy at Harvard o Social Capital Theory o 1990 o Social Capital Investment in the community’s organizational life Influences the quality of life Connections among individuals, Social networking, The norm of reciprocity and trustworthiness that arise from them Think about “reciprocity” What does that mean? What does it mean to reciprocate? What happens when you do all the giving and the other person does not reciprocate? What happens when the other person does all the giving and you do not reciprocate? How is this related to trust? How is this related to building social capital? How does this relate to the Merry article on “Going to court”? What was the level of social capital or “investment” in one another that was taking place in the disorganized neighborhood that Merry studied?
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