Social Capital: Definition & Theory


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In social sciences, social capital is used to describe a person's _____ within a social group?

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1. Social scientists noticed that communities with significant social capital lead to an increase in what?

2. When it first emerged, the fact that everyone possessed social capital led social scientists to believe that social capital was what?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

According to social scientists, we all possess social capital. See how well you understand the societal outcomes associated with social capital with this quiz and worksheet. Questions ask you to identify types of social capital and how they affect the way people live in groups.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test your knowledge of:

  • Positive and negative types of social capital
  • History of social capital theory as put forth by social scientists
  • Effect of social capital on communities

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding social capital and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding characteristics of social capital
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about social capital and its effects

Additional Learning

To learn more about social capital, review the accompanying lesson called Social Capital: Definition & Theory. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define social capital and understand how it connects people
  • Understand the history of academic theories on social capital
  • Identify positive outcomes of strong social capital
  • Know how negative social capital can weaken communities