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By Nan Lin, Bonnie Erickson

For 2 many years, an important variety of students have subscribed to a standard definition of social capital (resources embedded in social networks), hired a regular size (the place generator methodology), and performed unique study. Their sustained efforts have established the facility of the idea that of social capital in different arenas of study and sundry cultural and societal settings. Their paintings has contributed to the substantiation, improvement, and enlargement of social capital as a key medical inspiration and thought. This ebook offers an creation to a couple of the newest paintings within the region. the amount editors have introduced jointly students in North the US, Europe, and East Asia to supply unique and available stories in their personal examine reviews. protecting either methodological and sizeable concerns, they display the ongoing value of social capital as a guiding thought and idea in social sciences today.

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Specially trained interviewers administered questionnaires in the respondents’ homes, with interviews lasting 1 hrs and 50 mins on average (questions of other research projects were also included). The sample (N = 1,004), collected in 40 randomly selected municipalities across the country, consisted of two subsamples of the adult population (ages 18–65) for the Netherlands. In the initial sample, only wage-earning individuals were selected (N = 593); in an additional sample, all who agreed to an interview were included.

G. Erickson 2004) report similar high cross-sectional reliabilities. The 1997–8 Hungarian study was a panel study where the same people were interviewed twice, with a year between interviews. 62) despite the passage of a year in a rapidly changing society. These position generators are also highly practical. Response rates are very high; in fact, almost all respondents answer this question. 7 percent response rate. The question takes up little time, roughly 2–4 mins of interview time, depending on the number of positions.

The study compares determinants of these instruments as well as their returns. They find that the best predictor for the instruments is the size of the social networks, rather than the diversity of the networks. Further, for major issues such as attainment in social stratification and instrumental returns, the position generator is the best instrument. For expressive returns, they recommend both the extensity measure of the position generator and the resource generator. In his chapter, using intensive daily data on all personal contacts from three informants over a period of 3 months in Taiwan, Fu generates their actual personal networks and compares the occupation data from these personal networks with those estimated with the position generator.

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