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The Learning Society and people with learning difficulties$
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Sheila Riddell

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781861342232

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861342232.001.0001

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Social capital, lifelong learning and people with learning difficulties

Social capital, lifelong learning and people with learning difficulties

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(p.143) Eight Social capital, lifelong learning and people with learning difficulties
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The Learning Society and people with learning difficulties
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Sheila Riddell

Stephen Baron

Alastair Wilson

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861342232.003.0008

This chapter develops further one of the key theoretical ideas that emerged through the process of the research, and which has flowed through the account so far: the concept of social capital. It discusses some key theories of social capital and its transmission, and subsequently explores the nature and effects of social capital in the lives of case-study individuals. The chapter notes that social capital is now seen as just as important as financial, physical, and human capital in explaining social hierarchies, variations in individual and civic health and well-being, and, above all, differential national profitability. It further notes that this emphasis on social capital may have particular policy implications for socially marginalized groups.

Keywords:   social capital, case-study individuals, social hierarchies, civic health, differential national profitability, socially marginalised groups

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