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Different Effects of Ethnic Diversity on Social Capital: Density of Foundations and Leisure Associations in Amsterdam Neighbourhoods

  • Floris Vermeulen
  • Jean Tillie
  • Robert van de Walle
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    This article examines the effect of ethnic diversity on social capital in Amsterdam neighbourhoods by looking at the effects of the ethnic diversity of a neighbourhood on the social networks that underpin civil society. A distinction is made between homogeneous, more individually oriented social networks, on the one hand, and horizontal heterogeneous networks on the other. The density of foundations—i.e. the number of foundations in a neighbourhood—is used as the indicator for the first type of networks and the density of leisure associations for the latter type. In addition, the study looks at the effect of a changing context in Amsterdam in which ethnic diversity has increasingly come to be perceived as problematic by inhabitants and local politicians. The results indeed show that ethnic diversity has a different effect on both forms of civil society: the horizontal heterogeneous networks suffer more from ethnic diversity than the homogeneous networks.

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    Article provided by Urban Studies Journal Limited in its journal Urban Studies.

    Volume (Year): 49 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 2 (February)
    Pages: 337-352

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    Handle: RePEc:sae:urbstu:v:49:y:2012:i:2:p:337-352
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