Abstract: Social Capital: Its Origins and Applications in Modern Sociology
DECEMBER 29, 2011
Annual Reviews. Overall, Portes adopts a positive position on social capital as a phenomenon and consequence of sociability. Coleman’s definition is somewhat vague, focusing on social structures and how such structures facilitate actions of its actors as the core elements. Portes concludes then that the consensus definition for social capital has become as follows: the ability of actors to secure benefits by virtue of membership in social networks or other social structures.