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The effect of economic capital and Swedish cultural capital on bonding and bridging ties

A study of first-generation Malayalees in Sweden
WithRenu Vinod

This chapter critically engages with social capital theory by examining a group of first-generation Indian (Malayalee) white-collar migrants in Sweden. It argues that the Putnamian framework of bonding capital is often insufficient to understand migrant group bonding ties and notes that unequally distributed economic and (Swedish) cultural capital within the migrant group is a more reliable determinant of intragroup bonding capital than ethnicity and can even regulate bridging capital within the host society. Additionally, the chapter suggests that it is important to place a migrant group’s patterns of inclusion and exclusion within the wider social context within which it is situated.