School for Social Work
This theoretical thesis is going to explore social capital and its relation with trust, civic engagement, and leisure to better understand the complexity of social capital. Some of the concerns advanced by scholars stating that there is a decline of social capital in contemporary society are challenged. Controversies regarding theoretical and methodological applications, and a review of how "special" interests might have been used to promote particular causes affecting intervention and division of resources, are going to be examined. The intent is to show that there are alternative explanations for changes that do not pertain or predict decline. A discussion of the political and social ramifications of social capital and implications for future research and policy are going to conclude this analysis.
Domenichini, Eleonor, "Social capital in contemporary society : decline or change" (2007). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.