Racial diversity and social capital: Equality and community in America

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Race and racial diversity are important aspects of America and have been shown to substantially affect social relations and the political system, often in ways inconsistent with the values of equality. However, greater civic association and a general sense of community, embodied in the concept of social capital, are said to have tremendous beneficial effects and profoundly influence American society. This study juxtaposes and critically assesses two bodies of research, including the work made famous in Robert Putnam”s Bowling Alone, that have reached different conclusions on these issues. Is America's legacy of racial inequality an 'evil twin' of the benefits of social capital? By analyzing the social outcomes for racial minorities, in addition to other dimensions of American politics, the author shows that the impact of racial diversity consistently outweighs that of social capital.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages200
ISBN (Electronic)9780511618826
ISBN (Print)9780521875516
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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