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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

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: so·cial cap·i·tal

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /sOH-shuhl kAp-uht-l/
  • British English – /sOH-shuhl kAp-itl/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈsoʊʃəl ˈkæpətəl/
  • British English – /ˈsəʊʃəl ˈkæpɪtl/

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 February 6, 2023 (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 February 6, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/social-capital/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“social capital.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2016. Web. 6 Feb. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/social-capital/>.