The Facets of Social Capital
Article first published online: 14 NOV 2010
© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour
Volume 41, Issue 3, pages 308–326, September 2011
How to Cite
ROSTILA, M. (2011), The Facets of Social Capital. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 41: 308–326. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-5914.2010.00454.x
- Issue published online: 18 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 14 NOV 2010
- Social capital;
- social resources;
- network closure;
- social networks;
The emergence of the two facets of social capital, the individual and the collective, has contributed to much of the confusion in the field of social capital. The overall objective of this article is to elaborate on a theoretical model aiming at clarifying some bridges between the facets and dimensions of social capital previously suggested in the literature. Initially, the article shortly presents and discusses some important definitions of social capital. Furthermore, limitations and shortcomings of previous definitions are discussed. Moreover, a theoretical model is elaborated on suggesting that social capital comprises social resources that evolve in accessible social networks or social structures characterized by mutual trust. This model also emphasises some of the potential dark sides of social capital. The presented definition does not definitively address the theoretical uncertainties in the field; however, it suggests that a resource-oriented notion of social capital could be useful in bridging the facets of social capital.