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ERIC Number: EJ889463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0038-0407
Social Capital and Its Relevance to Minority and Immigrant Populations
Kao, Grace
Sociology of Education, v77 n2 p172-175 Apr 2004
The concept of social capital is one of the few that has successfully migrated from sociological journals to the mainstream media. Since Coleman's (1988) formulation (which may not be the first, but is certainly the most influential), the concept has become increasingly murky and is used to include a wide array of resources that are available to individuals. It is also a highly favored concept of sociologists of education in their attempt to describe the set of resources that are conducive to educational outcomes among youths. What is social capital? Coleman believed that social capital is a form of capital that exists in the relationships between people. An individual's ties to other people allow him or her to gain access to a broad range of resources. Coleman focused on three specific forms: (1) obligations and expectations; (2) information channels; and (3) social norms. In this essay, the author discusses the original conceptualization of social capital and its potential relevance to the general and immigrant populations of students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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