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Title: The maladies of social capital I: the missing 'capital' in theories of social capital
Authors: Law, Alex
Mooney, Gerry
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social and Health Sciences
Keywords: Pierre Bourdieu
Robert Putnam
Karl Marx
Social capital
Social de-composition
Issue Date: Aug-2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)Taylor & Francis, available from DOI: 10.1080/03017600600743241
Citation: Law, A. and Mooney, G. The maladies of social capital I: the missing 'capital' in theories of social capital. Critique. 34(2): pp.127-143. Available from DOI: 10.1080/03017600600743241
Abstract: Social capital is a concept that is widely celebrated by the governing institutions of neo-liberal capitalism. Under the veneer of making social relations central to public discourse social capital obscures the extent to which social life is being made to submit to capital accumulation. First, we describe the hegemony of social capital as a veritable panacea for social de-composition from the political left in the work of Pierre Bourdieu to the middling conservatism of US thinkers such as Coleman and Putnam. In contrast, the original Marxist notion of social capital leads us to argue for abandoning the orthodox conception of social capital.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/544
ISSN: 1066-9922
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