Social Capital in the Creation of Human Capital

  title={Social Capital in the Creation of Human Capital},
  author={James S. Coleman},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={S95 - S120}
  • J. Coleman
  • Published 1988
  • Economics
  • American Journal of Sociology
In this paper, the concept of social capital is introduced and illustrated, its forms are described, the social structural conditions under which it arises are examined, and it is used in an analysis of dropouts from high school. Use of the concept of social capital is part of a general theoretical strategy discussed in the paper: taking rational action as a starting point but rejecting the extreme individualistic premises that often accompany it. The conception of social capital as a resource… Expand
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