Paper $62.50 ISBN: 9789053560341 Published February 2008 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Exploring 'Unseen' Social Capital in Community Participation

Everyday Lives of Poor Mainland Chinese Migrants in Hong Kong

Sam Wong

Sam Wong

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

220 pages | 6-1/4 x 9-1/4 | © 2007
Paper $62.50 ISBN: 9789053560341 Published February 2008 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
This volume argues that using social capital to eradicate poverty is unlikely to succeed because its mainstream approach mistakenly assumes that social capital necessarily benefits poor people. The inadequacy of that assumption, Sam Wong argues, calls for a reassessment of human motivations, institutional dynamics, and the complexity of structures in social capital building. Proposing a “pro-poor” perspective, in which poverty-specific outcomes are highlighted, he suggests an exploration of “unseen” social capital is in order—not only to challenge the mainstream understanding of “seen” social capital, but to demonstrate the need for everyday cooperation, which is shaped by social norms, influenced by conscious and unconscious motivations, and subject to changes in priority based on livelihood. A useful volume for both policy makers and practitioners, Exploring ‘Unseen’ Social Capital in Community Participation offers a fresh perspective in thinking about civic and social agency.
 
Contents

Acknowledgements

 

Preface

 

1                    Building a ‘Pro-Poor’ Social Capital Framework

 

2                    Ethnography—Alternative Research Methodology

 

3                    Historical and Cultural Contexts of Mainland Chinese Migrants in Hong Kong

 

4                    Investing in Social Capital?—Considering the Paradoxes of Agency in Social Exchange

 

5                    ‘Getting the Social Relations Right’?—Understanding Institutional Plurality and Dynamics

 

6                    Rethinking Authority and Power in the Structures of Relations

 

7                    Conclusions and Policy Implications

 

Notes

 

Bibliography

 

Annex 1

 

Annex 2

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