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Lecture #9 - Local Communities and Social Relations Social...

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10/28/08 Local Communities and Social Relations Social relationships as social capital Social ties across group boundaries Social ties within immigrant communities Social Capital Social capital: Social relationships and networks Example: Friendship, relationships, with neighbors, classmates, membership in organizations o Source of info to get when you need and will benefit you Types of Social Capitals Bonding ties o Ethnic networks (People that are a lot like you. Race, religion, social class, etc.) Bridging ties o Relationships across group boundaries Why is Social Capital important? For individuals (Bourdieu): o Access to opportunities, information, resources, status For Society (Tocqueville and Putmam): o Density of social ties increase level of social trust o Strengthens social fabric Bridging ties between immigrants and long-term residents Video: The Story of Jose, Ricardo, and Remon What were barriers in their relationship building with their teammates?
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