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Exploring the social capital grid: bonding, bridging, qualitative, quantitative

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to show that numerous studies have advanced social capital

    research over the past decade. Most studies have accepted the theoretical distinction between bonding

    and bridging social capital networks. Many, however, tend to agglomerate empirical research under

    the one catch-all social capital concept, rather than classifying it according to the bonding/bridging

    distinction. Furthermore, most studies make little distinction on the basis of methodology, between

    qualitative and quantitative approaches to investigating social capital. These omissions need to be

    addressed.

    Design/methodology/approach – This paper reviews definitions and applications of bridging and

    bonding social capital, classifies empirical studies according to each network type, and produces a

    further breakdown according to methodological approach.

    Findings – The result is a four-part “grid” of social capital research, encompassing bonding and

    bridging, and quantitative and qualitative aspects. This paper finds that most qualitative research

    examines non-excludable and excludable goods and is relevant to bonding social capital, whilst most

    quantitative analysis looks at civic networks and norms of trust, and relates to bridging social capital.

    Research limitations/implications – Results advance the task of clarifying and measuring social

    capital.

    Practical implications – Further development of the bridging/bonding social capital conceptual

    pair should allow for a more precise measurement of a community, or region.

    Originality/value – No review paper to date captures the above empirical and methodological “grid”

    clearly.

Authors


Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Patulny, R. & Svendsen, G. 2007, ''Exploring the social capital grid: bonding, bridging, qualitative, quantitative'', International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, vol. 27, no. 1/2, pp. 32-51.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-34548659655

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1332

Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 32

End Page


  • 51

Volume


  • 27

Issue


  • 1/2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to show that numerous studies have advanced social capital

    research over the past decade. Most studies have accepted the theoretical distinction between bonding

    and bridging social capital networks. Many, however, tend to agglomerate empirical research under

    the one catch-all social capital concept, rather than classifying it according to the bonding/bridging

    distinction. Furthermore, most studies make little distinction on the basis of methodology, between

    qualitative and quantitative approaches to investigating social capital. These omissions need to be

    addressed.

    Design/methodology/approach – This paper reviews definitions and applications of bridging and

    bonding social capital, classifies empirical studies according to each network type, and produces a

    further breakdown according to methodological approach.

    Findings – The result is a four-part “grid” of social capital research, encompassing bonding and

    bridging, and quantitative and qualitative aspects. This paper finds that most qualitative research

    examines non-excludable and excludable goods and is relevant to bonding social capital, whilst most

    quantitative analysis looks at civic networks and norms of trust, and relates to bridging social capital.

    Research limitations/implications – Results advance the task of clarifying and measuring social

    capital.

    Practical implications – Further development of the bridging/bonding social capital conceptual

    pair should allow for a more precise measurement of a community, or region.

    Originality/value – No review paper to date captures the above empirical and methodological “grid”

    clearly.

Authors


Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Patulny, R. & Svendsen, G. 2007, ''Exploring the social capital grid: bonding, bridging, qualitative, quantitative'', International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, vol. 27, no. 1/2, pp. 32-51.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-34548659655

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1332

Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 32

End Page


  • 51

Volume


  • 27

Issue


  • 1/2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom