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.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03017600600743241

Abstract

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.

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