Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9780745329963 Published March 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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Theories of Social Capital: Researchers Behaving Badly

Ben Fine

Theories of Social Capital: Researchers Behaving Badly

Ben Fine

Distributed for Pluto Press

288 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9780745329963 Published March 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9780745329970 Published March 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Tracing the evolution of social capital since his highly acclaimed contribution of 2001 (Social Capital Versus Social Theory), Ben Fine consolidates his position as the world's leading critic of the concept.

Fine forcibly demonstrates how social capital has expanded across the social sciences only by degrading the different disciplines and topics that it touches: a McDonaldisation of social theory. The rise and fall of social capital at the World Bank is critically explained as is social capital's growing presence in disciplines, such as management studies, and its relative absence in others, such as social history.

Writing with a sharp critical edge, Fine not only deconstructs the roller-coaster presence of social capital across the social sciences but also draws out lessons on how (and how not) to do research.

Contents

1 Introduction
2 From Rational Choice to McDonaldisation
3 The Short History of Social Capital
4 The BBI Syndrome
5 Social Capital versus Social History
6 Social Capital is Dead: Long Live Whatever Comes Next
7 Management Studies Goes to McDonald's
8 Degradation without Limit
9 W(h)ither Social Capital?
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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