Social Capital and Racial Inequality in America

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Abstract

“Social capital” is said to be strongly associated with better substantive outcomes as well as with civic and economic dimensions of equality in the United States. Robert Putnam argues in Bowling Alone that “the American states with the highest levels of social capital are precisely the states most characterized by economic and civic equality.” He adds: “[B]oth across space [i.e., states] and across time, equality and fraternity [social capital] are strongly positively correlated …. [T]he empirical evidence on recent trends is unambiguous …. Community and equality are mutually reinforcing, not mutually incompatible.”.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-122
Number of pages10
JournalPerspectives on Politics
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2003

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