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Social Capital: Individuals and Communities

Written by: Bill Sherman on Wednesday, 16 July 2008, 7:45 AM

When I write about Social Capital, I typically refer to an individual’s ability to locate and mobilize resources within their network.

However, you can look at Social Capital from a community perspective as well. Some communities are tightly woven together. Others have powerful resources embedded within them. And there are communities that struggle to provide jobs and basic resources to its residents.

Some communities struggle to revitalize and redefine themselves because they face a flight of people and social capital: Rust Belt cities in the U.S. Midwest; economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in urban cores; and post-Katrina New Orleans. There’s some very interesting research on how distressed communiities leverage social capital during a crisis. Look for more on that tomorrow.

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