This timely volume puts emphasis on the effect of social capital on everyday life: how the routines of daily life lead people to get involved in their communities. Focussing on its micro-level causes and consequences, the book's international contributors argue that social capital is fundamentally concerned with the value of social networks and about how people interact with each other.
The book suggests that different modes of participation have different consequences for creating - or destroying - a sense of community or participation. The diversity of countries, institutions and groups dealt with - from Indian castes to Dutch churches, from highly competent 'everyday makers' in Scandinavia to politics-avoiding Belgian women and Irish villagers - offers fascinating case studies, and theoretical reflections for the present debates about civil society and democracy.

chapter 1|8 pages


ByPaul Dekker, Eric M. Uslaner

chapter 2|21 pages

Social capital

The missing link?
ByChristiaan Grootaert

chapter 3|15 pages

Social capital in a multicultural society

The case of Canada
ByRichard Johnston, Stuart N. Soroka

chapter 4|14 pages

The different faces of social capital in NSW Australia

ByJenny Onyx, Paul Bullen

chapter 5|14 pages

Studying civic culture ethnographically and what it tells us about social capital

Communities in the West of Ireland
ByRicca Edmondson

chapter 6|16 pages

Traditional communities, caste and democracy

The Indian mystery
ByHans Blomkvist

chapter 7|15 pages

Religion and volunteering in the Netherlands

ByJoep de Hart

chapter 8|14 pages

Volunteering and social capital

How trust and religion shape civic participation in the United States
ByEric M. Uslaner

chapter 9|16 pages

‘Getting to trust’

An analysis of the importance of institutions, families, personal experiences and group membership
ByDietlind Stolle

chapter 10|14 pages

Membership and democracy

ByPer Selle, Kristin Strømsnes

chapter 11|14 pages

The Everyday Maker

Building political rather than social capital
ByHenrik P. Bang, Eva Sørensen

chapter 12|14 pages

‘Not for our kind of people’

The sour grapes phenomenon as a causal mechanism for political passivity
ByMarc Hooghe

chapter 13|12 pages

The ‘social’ in social capital

ByEric M. Uslaner, Paul Dekker