Social Isolation And Social Capital

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Social Isolation and Social Capital The “surprising” finding of Rankin and Quane does to an extent show the limits of Putnam’s previous research on social isolation because it does not take into consideration economics 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). Although, Rankin and Quane’s 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. Putnam refers to social capital as “a feature of social organization such as networks, norms, and social trust that facilitates coordination for mutual benefit” (9). This means that the lack of involvement in the community decreases social capital and increases social isolation amongst Americans. In this essay, I will talk about the connections between social isolation, social capital, and social connection. Social connectedness can be viewed as interaction people have between their neighbors and their overall surrounding. 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, social connection, economic status, and race.
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