The volume brings together a stellar group of contributors who examine the social capital thesis by means of four different approaches: theoretical, historical, comparative, and empirical. In the end, this book will serve to answer two fundamental questions which have hitherto been neglected: What can a gendered analysis tell us about social capital? And what can social capital tell us about women and politics?

chapter 1|14 pages

Removing Rose Colored Glasses

Examining Theories of Social Capital through a Gendered Lens

chapter 2|29 pages

Just Communities

Social Capital, Gender, and Culture

chapter 3|28 pages

The Gender Gap Reversed

Political Consumerism as a Women-Friendly Form of Civic and Political Engagement 1

chapter 5|27 pages

Acting from the Heart

Values, Social Capital, and Women's Involvement in Interfaith and Environmental Organizations

chapter 6|24 pages

Conceptualizing Social Capital in Relation to Children and Young People

Is it Different for Girls?

chapter 8|27 pages

Canadian Women's Religious Volunteerism

Compassion, Connections, and Comparisons

chapter 9|28 pages

It's Not What You've Got, But What You Do With It

Women, Social Capital, and Political Participation 1

chapter 12|30 pages

Persuasion and Perception

New Models of Network Effects on Gendered Issues

chapter 13|34 pages

Changing Agendas

The Impact of Feminism on American Politics

chapter 14|22 pages

Are Women Legislators Accountable to Women?

The Complementary Roles of Feminist Identity and Women's Organizations

chapter 15|12 pages

Gender, Social Capital, and Political Engagement

Findings and Future Directions