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The maladies of social capital I: The missing 'capital' in theories of social capital

Law, Alex and Mooney, Gerry (2006). The maladies of social capital I: The missing 'capital' in theories of social capital. Critique: Journal of Socialist Theory, 34(2) pp. 127–143.

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Social capital is a concept that is widely celebrated by the governing institutions of neoliberal 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.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 0301-7605
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 17685
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Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2009 09:33
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:31
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