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social capital

Definition of Social Capital

(noun) The social networks or connections that an individual has available to them due group membership.

Etymology of Social Capital

Social Capital Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈsoʊʃ(ə)l ˈkæpədl/
    • British English
      • /ˈsəʊʃl ˈkapᵻtl/
  • Syllabification: (so·cial cap·i·tal)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: social capitals
  • Nepotism is a manifestation of social capital.

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Cite the Definition of Social Capital

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2016. “social capital.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/social-capital/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

social capital. (2016). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/social-capital/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2016. “social capital.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/social-capital/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“social capital.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2016. Web. 17 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/social-capital/>.