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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/16703

Title: Social Capital: Promises and Pitfalls of its Role in Development
Authors: Portes, Alejandro
Landolt, Patricia
Keywords: social capital
social networks
Latin American
migration
urbanisation
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Citation: Alejandro Portes and Patricia Landolt. 2000. “Social Capital: Promises and Pitfalls of its Role in Development,” Journal of Latin American Studies, 32 (1): 529-547
Abstract: The purpose of this commentary is threefold. First, to review the origins and definitions of the concept of social capital as it has developed in the recent literature. Second, to examine the limitations of this concept when interpreted as a causal force able to transform communities and nations. Third, to present several relevant examples from the recent empirical literature on Latin American urbanisation and migration. These examples point to the significance of social networks and community monitoring in the viability of grass-roots economic initiatives and the simultaneous difficulty of institutionalising such forces.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/16703
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