Social Capital

Learning part

Social capital is built on trusting relationsips between members of society. However, these relationships are not always equal. Developing different types of networks is an importand element of the society based on trust and solidarity.

Social Capital is:

  1. Bonding, when ties between group members are strong. It can include family, close friends, relatives, homogenious groups.
  2. Bridging, when distinct social groups connect with each other. They might represent different cultures, communities, groups with different background.
  3. Linking, when people interact with formal structures and organisations with power. It includes governments, ONGs and other authoritities.
    All three categories of Social Capital are interconnected.

Description of the exercise

Read the text about dimensions of Social Capital and fill the table. Choose correct characteristics for each category.