Social Capital as Process: The Meanings and Problems of a Theoretical Metaphor

  title={Social Capital as Process: The Meanings and Problems of a Theoretical Metaphor},
  author={Carl L. Bankston and Min Zhou},
  journal={Sociological Inquiry},
In this study, we suggest that the difficulty in defining, locating, and measuring social capital is at core a philosophical confusion of language, and not just a consequence of excessively wide application. The term ‘‘capital’’ refers to resources for investment. Financial capital consists of specific quantities of assets. Human capital, a metaphorical extension of financial capital, also consists of specific quantities of assets, in the form of skills or credentials. However, social capital… 

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