Social Capital and Participation in Everyday Life

1st Edition

PAUL DEKKER, ERIC M. USLANER

Routledge
Published May 1, 2006
Reference - 216 Pages
ISBN 9780415406628 - CAT# RU06625
Series: Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science

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Summary

This timely volume puts emphasis on the effect of social capital on everyday life: how the routines of daily life lead people to get involved in their communities. Focussing on its micro-level causes and consequences, the book's international contributors argue that social capital is fundamentally concerned with the value of social networks and about how people interact with each other.
The book suggests that different modes of participation have different consequences for creating - or destroying - a sense of community or participation. The diversity of countries, institutions and groups dealt with - from Indian castes to Dutch churches, from highly competent 'everyday makers' in Scandinavia to politics-avoiding Belgian women and Irish villagers - offers fascinating case studies, and theoretical reflections for the present debates about civil society and democracy.

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