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The Promises of a New Social Capital Agenda


  • Renata Serra


Some key pitfalls in social capital research stem from an uncritical belief in social capital as the solution to collective action problems, and a tendency to regard tight social relations within communities as an unproblematic field. In the effort to engage with these limitations and provide better insights into real-world development problems and solutions, the article argues for a more promising agenda. It does so by combining development microeconomics' insights on the determinants of trust and the uneven effects of social networks, with nuanced anthropological approaches to the context-dependent features of social relations and the role of status and power.

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  • Renata Serra, 2011. "The Promises of a New Social Capital Agenda," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(8), pages 1109-1127, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:47:y:2011:i:8:p:1109-1127
    DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2010.547938

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