Social Capital and Social Distancing – Part 2

In Part 1, we introduced the concept of social capital, which refers to connections between people that generate trust, norms of reciprocity, and participation in civic life.  In general, people that join groups and interact regularly in social networks are cooperative, obliging, and inclined to do things for others.   We suggested this community-mindedness would beContinue reading “Social Capital and Social Distancing – Part 2”

Social Capital and Social Distancing – Part 1

Post by Alexandra Middlewood and Mark Joslyn Professor Middlewood teaches American government, political behavior and gender politics at  Wichita State University.  She recently published a paper on Gun Ownership and Women’s Political Participation.  In the classic, Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam described the decline of social capital in the United States.  He defined social capital as, “…features ofContinue reading “Social Capital and Social Distancing – Part 1”