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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 Article
ISSN: 0301-7605
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Social Policy and Criminology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
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Item ID: 17685
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Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2009 09:33
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 13:09
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