What social capital means

Question Description

In your own words, describe what is meant by the term “social capital.” Examine the influences of social connections and technology and civic engagement in academic and professional pursuits. 

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Final Answer

The central premise of social capital is that social networks have value. Social capital refers to the collective value of all "social networks" [who people know] and the inclinations that arise from these networks to do things for each other ["norms of reciprocity"].

How does social capital work?
The term social capital emphasizes not just warm and cuddly feelings, but a wide variety of quite specific benefits that flow from the trust, reciprocity, information, and cooperation associated with social networks. Social capital creates value for the people who are connected and - at least sometimes - for bystanders as well.

Ayush K (219)
Boston College

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