SOCIOLOGY 590 Special Topics in Sociology
Seminar on Social Capital Theory
Professor Ross L. Matsueda
This seminar provides an overview of social capital theory. The seminar emphasizes the sociological approach to social capital theory as outlined by James Coleman, but will also cover different sociological approaches, as well as the use of social capital in other disciplines. The seminar is designed to cover a balance of theoretical, methodological, and empirical issues, with an emphasis on quantitative research using survey data. The readings will be a mix of classical theoretical treatments of social capital theory and empirical research on the role of social capital in different substantive areas, including crime, labor markets, public health, and economic outcomes. An important objective of the course is to introduce students to significant theoretical problems that can be addressed empirically, and introduce some key methodological issues. There are no formal prerequisites for the course, but it is recommended that students have exposure to a basic social science course and basic methods and statistics.
The seminar begins with various definitions, conceptualizations, and typologies of social capital. It then moves to different theories of social capital, including Putnam, Bourdieu, Coleman, and Lin. It then discusses the role of social capital in the micro-macro debate, and the role of social capital in various substantive areas, including public health, neighborhoods and crime, labor markets, civic engagement, education, social networks, and economic development. Additional topics, such as measurement, immigration, education, and economic development will be covered only if time permits.
· This seminar is an introduction to social capital theory. The main objective of the seminar is to acquaint students with the concept of social capital. We will emphasize James Coleman’s social capital theory, but will also cover alternatives.
· A second objective of the seminar is to expose students to the ways in which social capital is used in different substantive areas of sociology—such as crime, labor markets, education, and immigration—and in different disciplines, such as political science, public health, and economics.
· The seminar is also designed to help students develop their own style of research. One of the best ways of doing so is to examine the styles of top researchers. What kinds of questions do they address? How sociological are they? How do they operationalize theoretical concepts? What data and methods do they use? What conclusions do they draw?
Syllabus Course Syllabus
Time & Location Wednesday 5:30-7:20pm in 409 Savery Hall
Office Hours 227 Savery Hall, Friday 2-3pm and by appointment
Required Books Small, Mario Luis. 2009. Unanticipated Gains: Origins of Network Inequality in Everyday Life. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Lin, Nan. 2001. Social Capital: A Theory of Social Structure and Action. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Recommended Book Coleman, James S. 1990. Foundations of Social Theory. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Readings II. *Portes, Alejandro. 1998. “Social Capital: Its Origins and Applications in Modern Sociology.” Annual Reviews in Sociology 24: 1–24.
*Putnam, Robert D. 2000. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. New York: Simon and Schuster, Chapter 1.
*Bourdieu, Pierre. 1986. “The Forms of Capital.” Pp. 241-58 in The Handbook of Theory: Research for the Sociology of Education. Edited by J.G. Richardson. New York: Greenwood Press.
Lin, Nan. 2001. Social Capital: A Theory of Social Structure and Action. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, Chapters 1-2.
Coleman, James C. 1988. “Social Capital in the Creation of Human Capital.” American Journal of Sociology 94:S95-S120.
Glanville, Jennifer L., and Elisa Jayne Bienenstock. 2009. “A Typology for Understanding the Connections Among Different Forms of Social Capital. American Behavioral Scientist 52:1507-1530.
Adler, Paul S., Seok-Woo Kwon. 2000. “Social Capital: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” Pp. 89-115 in Knowledge and Social Capital: Foundations and Applications. Edited by E.L. Lesser. Woburn, MA: Butterworth-Heinemann.
Putnam, Robert D. 1995. “Tuning In, Tuning Out: The Strange Disappearance of Social Capital in America.” Political Science and Politics 28: 664–83.
Readings III. *Coleman, James C. 1990. Foundations of Social Theory. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Chapter 1.
*Coleman, James C. 1990. Foundations of Social Theory. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Chapter 12.
*Coleman, James S. 1983. “Microfoundations and Macrosocial Behavior.” In The Microfoundations of Macrosociology, edited by M. Hechter, 153–73. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
*Lin, Nan. 2001. Social Capital: A Theory of Social Structure and Action. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, Chapters 8 & 9.
Opp, Karl-Dieter. 2011. “Modeling Micro-Macro Relationships: Problems and Solutions.” Journal of Mathematical Sociology 35:209-34.
Matsueda, Ross L. 2017. “The 2016 Sutherland Address: ‘Toward an Analytical Criminology: The Micro-Macro Problem, Causal Mechanisms, and Public Policy.’” Criminology 55:493-519.
Readings IV. Lin, Nan. 2001. Social Capital: A Theory of Social Structure and Action. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, Chapters 3-5.
*Burt, Ronald S. 2000. “The Network Structure of Social Capital.” Research in Organizational Behavior 22:345-423.
Ahuja, Gautam. 2000. “Collaboration Networks, Structural Holes, and Innovation: A Longitudinal Study.” Administrative Science Quarterly 45:425-455.
Lin, Nan. 1999. “Building a Network Theory of Social Capital.” Connections 22:28-51.
Mouw, Ted. 2006. “Estimating the Causal Effect of Social Capital: A Review of Recent Research.” Annual Review of Sociology 32:79-102.
Burt, Ronald S. 2001. “Structural Holes versus Network Closure as Social Capital.” Pp. 31-56 in Nan Lin, Karen S. Cook, and Ronald S. Burt, Eds., Social Capital: Theory and Research. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction
*Moody, James and Pamela Paxton. 2009. “Building Bridges: Linking Social Capital and Social Networks to Improve Theory and Research” American Behavioral Scientist 52:1491-1506.
Readings V. Small, Mario Luis. 2009. Unanticipated Gains: Origins of Network Inequality in Everyday Life. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Readings VI. *Sampson, Robert J., Raudenbush, Stephen W., and Earls, Felton. 1997. “Neighborhoods and VIolent Crime: A Multilevel Study of Collective Efficacy.” Science, 277:918-924.
*Wacquant, Loic J.D. 1998. “Negative Social Capital: State Breakdown and Social Destitution in America’s Urban Core.” Netherlands Journal of Housing and the Built Environment. 13:25-40.
*Browning, Christopher R., Calder, Catherine A., Soller, Brian, Jackson, Aubry L., and Dirlam, Jonathan. 2017. “Ecological Networks and Neighborhood Social Organization.” American Journal of Sociology 122:1939-88.
Sampson, Robert J. 2012. Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Chapter 7, “Collective Efficacy.”
Matsueda, Ross L. 2013. “Rational Choice Research in Criminology: A Multi-Level Framework.” Pp. 283-321 in Handbook of Rational Choice Social Research. Edited by R. Wittek, T. Snijders, and V. Nee. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press.
Sampson, Robert J. and Stephen W. Raudenbush. 1999. “Systematic Social Observation of Public Spaces: A New Look at Disorder in Urban Neighborhoods.” American Journal of Sociology 105(3): 603-651.
Messner, Steven F., Eric P. Baumer, and Richard Rosenfeld. 2004. “Dimensions of Social Capital and Rates of Criminal Homicide.” American Sociological Review 69:882-903.
Readings VII. *Granovetter, Mark. 1973. “The Strength of Weak Ties.” American Journal of Sociology 78: 1360–80.
*Granovetter, Mark. 1974. Getting a Job. A Study of Contacts and Careers. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, chapters 1-5 (pp. 23-83).
*Lin, Nan. 2001. Social Capital: A Theory of Social Structure and Action. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, Chapters 6 & 7.
*Mouw, Ted. 2003. “Social Capital and Finding a Job: Do Contacts Matter?” American Sociological Review 68:868-898.
Lin, Nan. 2000. “Inequality in Social Capital.” Contemporary Sociology 29:785-95.
Lin, Nan, and Mary Dumin. 1986. “Access to Occupations Through Social Ties.” Social Networks 8:1986: 365-385.
Baker, Wayne, and Robert R. Faulkner. 2009. “Social Capital, Double Embeddedness, and Mechanisms of Stability and Change.” American Behavioral Scientist 52:1531-55.
Readings VIII. *Kawachi, Ichiro, and Lisa Berkman. 2000. “Social Cohesion, Social Capital, and Health.” Pp. 174-190 in Social Epidemiology. New York: Oxford University Press.
*Kawachi, Ichiro, Bruce P. Kennedy, and Roberta Glass. 1997. “Social Capital and Self-Rated Health: A Contextual Analysis.” American Journal of Public Health 89:1187-93.
*Chi, Donald L., and Richard M. Carpiano. 2013. “Neighborhood Social Capital, Neighborhood Attachment, and Dental Care Use for Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey Adults.” American Journal of Public Health 103:e88-e95.
Lynch, John, et al. 2001. “Income Inequality, the Psychosocial Environment, and Health: Comparisons of Wealthy Nations.” The Lancet 358:194-200.
Smith, Nathan Daniel Lucia, and Ichiro Kawachi. 2014. “State-Level Social Capital and Suicide Mortality in the 50 U.S. States.” Social Science & Medicine 120:269-277.
Readings IX. Discussion of Seminar Paper Topics
*Granovetter, Mark. 1985. “Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problem of Embeddedness.” American Journal of Sociology 91: 481–510.
Readings X. *Newton, Kenneth. 1997. “Social Capital and Democracy.” American Behavioral Scientist 40:575-586.
*Putnam, Robert D. 1993. “The Prosperous Community: Social Capital and Public Life.” The American Prospect 4:35-42.
*Sampson, Robert J., Doug McAdam, Heather MacIndoe, and Simón Weffer-Elizondo. 2005. “Civl Society Reconsidered: The Durable Nature and Community Structure of Collective Civic Action.” American Journal of Sociology 111:673-714.
Bowles, Samuel, and Herbert Gintis. 2002. “Social Capital and Community Governance.” The Economic Journal 112:F419-F436.
Brehm, John, and Wendy Rahn. 1997. “Individual-Level Evidence for the Causes and Consequences of Social Capital.” American Journal of Political Science 41:999-1023.
Readings XI. *Portes, Alejandro, and Julia Sensenbrenner. 1993. "Embeddedness and Immigration: Notes on the Social Determinants of Economic Action." American Journal of Sociology 98:1320-1350.
*Palloni, Alberto, Massey, Douglas S. et al. 2001. “Social Capital and International Migration: A Test Using Information on Family Networks.” American Journal of Sociology 106:1262-98.
Sanders, Jimy M., and Victor Nee. 1996. “Immigrant Self-Employment: The Family as Social Capital and the Value of Human Capital. American Sociological Review 61:231-49.
Phillips, Julie A., and Douglas S. Massey. 2000. “Engines of Immigration: Stocks of Human and Social Capital in Mexico.” Social Science Quarterly 81:33-48.
Readings XII. *Morgan, Stephen L., and Aage B. Sørensen. 1999. “Parental Networks, Social Closure, and Mathematics Learning: A Test of Coleman’s Social Capital Explanation of School Effects.” American Sociological Review 64:661-681.
*Carbonaro, William J. 1999. “Opening the Debate: On Closure and Schooling Outcomes: Comment on Morgan and Sørensen. American Sociological Review 64:682-686.
*Hallinan, Maureen T., and Warren N. Kubitschek. 1999. “Conceptualizing and Measuring School Social Networks: Comment on Morgan and Sørensen. American Sociological Review 64:687-693.
*Morgan, Stephen L., and Aage Sørensen. 1999. “Theory, Measurement, and Specification Issues in Models of Network Effects on Learning: Reply to Carbonaro and to Hallinan and Kubitschek. American Sociological Review 64:694-700.
Offer, Shira, and Barbara Schneider. 2007. “Children’s Role in Generating Social Capital.” Social Forces 85:1125-1142.
Kim, Doo Hwan, and Barbara Schneider. 2005. “Social Capital in Action: Alignment of Parental Support in Adolescents’ Transition to Postsecondary Education. Social Forces 84:1181-1206.
Readings XIII. *Van Der Gaag, Martin, and Tom A.B. Snijders. 2005. “The Resource Generator: Social Capital Quantification with Concrete Items.” Social Networks 27:1-29.
*Paxton, Pamela. 1999. “Is Social Capital Declining in the United States? A Multiple Indicator Assessment.” American Journal of Sociology 105:88-127.
Harpham, Trudy, Emma Grant, and Elizabeth Thomas. 2002. “Measuring Social Capital within Health Surveys: Key Issues.” Health Policy and Planning 17:106-111.
Matsueda, Ross L., and Kevin Drakulich. 2016. “Measuring Collective Efficacy: A Multi-Level Measurement Model for Nested Data.” Sociological Methods and Research 45(2): 191-230.
Sampson, Robert J., Jeffrey D. Morenoff, and Felton Earls. 1999. “Beyond Social Capital: Spatial Dynamics of Collective Efficacy for Children.” American Sociological Review 64(5) 633-660.
*Lin, Nan, Yang-chih Fu, and Ray-May Hsung. 2001. “The Position Generator: Measurement Techniques for Investigations of Social Capital.” Pp. 57-81 in Nan Lin, Karen S. Cook, and Ronald S. Burt, Eds., Social Capital: Theory and Research. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.
Readings IX. *Glaeser, Edward L., David Laibson, and Bruce Sacerdote. 2002. “An Economic Approach to Social Capital.” Economic Journal 112: 437–58.
*Durlauf, Steven N., and Marcel Fafchamps. 2005. “Social Capital.” In Handbook of Economic Growth. Vol. 1B, edited by P. Aghion and S. N. Durlauf, 1640–99. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
*Granovetter, Mark. 1985. “Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problem of Embeddedness.” American Journal of Sociology 91: 481–510.
Sobel, Joel. 2002. “Can We Trust Social Capital?” Journal of Economic Literature 40:139-54.
Readings X. *Woolcock, Michael. 1998. “Social Capital and Economic Development: Toward a Theoretical Synthesis and Policy Framework.” Theory and Society 27:151-208.
*Fukuyama, Francis. 2002. “Social Capital and Development: The Coming Agenda.” SAIS Review 22:23-37
Evans, Peter. 1996. “Government Action, Social Capital and Development: Reviewing the Evidence on Synergy.” World Development 24:119-1132.