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Putnam: Television and the Disappearance of the American  Citizen 19:11 Social Capital Central to a healthy public sphere Accrues collectively like financial capital We all gain together from our investments Features of social life that enable people to act together more effectively Social networks To activate and articulate interests Facilitates collective action People are able to tap into these networks when they are needed Connections enable us to mobilize in the case of emergencies or other situations Heterogeneous networks are important because they allow you to capitalize on things  you might not have experience with; it is good to have connections in a wide variety of  areas Creates social infrastructure that you can tap into to make things happen Ex. PTA or local neighborhood association Social trust Generalized sense of how much you think people are looking out for each other and for  you (global assessment of trustworthiness) Enables the possibility that we can work together without needing a contract
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2012 for the course COMM 200 taught by Professor Young during the Fall '11 term at University of Delaware.

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