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1 Social Capital Aaron Berding, Tyler Connally, Dominic Wolf University of Cincinnati Understanding the Urban Environment II
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2 Throughout the entirety of this text we will explore the complex theory known most commonly as social capital. It is a complex issue that has been in use for over one hundred years and still we have yet to find a working, everyday definition for it. With the help of excerpts from famous writers, sociologists, economists and others we hope to finally clear up any past misconceptions of a once confusing term. To take a step further, we will break the subject down into portions, making it more crystal clear than ever before, while at the same time comparing it to the great city of Cincinnati, Ohio where we all currently reside. Social capital is a complex issue, but I believe the following pages will open your eyes to the practical meaning of social capital as well as its practical uses in everyday society. Sandra Landhäußer and Holger Ziegler collaborated on an article entitled “Social Capital” on the international online-only journal ; they defined social capital as a way in which cities are able to “knit the social fabric (Ziegler).” In the most literal sense of the word, that is precisely the reason for social capital in the community. If we were to continue the ‘social fabric’ metaphor, we can see society as a quilt and its communities, corporations and families, are the threads. Social capital is the artist responsible for creating a beautiful quilt where all of the threads mend together and create a picturesque masterpiece, which we know as the modern city. Social capital is the glue that holds a city together; the thread that holds together the quilt, community cohesion, and it is the entity that separates cities of the 21 st century and the first city-states and colonies, hundreds of years ago. Social capital is an unusual subject, to say the least. It is an issue of hot debate and high discussion, but in all of the banter and conversation there has never been a working definition of the word. Social capital is a concept that, for the most part, that is open to interpretation. However, “its (almost) metaphorical character…has facilitated a series of very important
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3 empirical investigations and theoretical debates which have stimulated reconsideration of the significance of human relations, of networks, of organizational forms for the quality of life and of developmental performance (Claridge).” The concept that social capital preserves community cohesion is the theory that drives communities to believe in it; however, there are no sure-fire ways of testing the benefits of this social capital phenomenon, so we can never measure how advantageous its practices really are. Social capital is a concept that has been in use since the early 20
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