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Social Isolation And Its Impact On Social Capital

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Social Isolation and Its Impact on Social Capital The “surprising” finding of Rankin and Quane does to an extent show the limits of previous research, such as Putnam, on social isolation, because it does not take into consideration economic and race. Although, Rankin and Quane findings show high levels of engagement among people in poorer neighborhoods the findings are not significant enough to change the notion that social capital is eroding and therefore it is increasing social isolation amongst Americans. In this essay I’m going to talk about how Rankin and Quane findings actually correlate with Putnam’s and other author point of view on the erosion of social capital. Some of the examples we will be looking into is the effect Mothers have on social capital, the loss of trust amongst Americans, Lack of Network communication, Effects that trust, reciprocation, and obligation have on social isolation and social capital. Social isolation plays a big role in social capital, economic status and race. Social isolation refers to “the lack of contact or of sustained interaction with individuals and institutions that represent mainstream society ' ' (Wilson qtd Rankin & Quane 4). Rankin and Quane believed that African Americans who are from poor families lacked connections with “successful” people and therefore were socially isolated. This is because they were not associated with people who finished college or people who had a stable job. This affects social capital
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