Global Perspectives on Social Capital and Health

  • Ichiro Kawachi
  • Soshi Takao
  • S.V. Subramanian

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Ichiro Kawachi, Soshi Takao, S. V. Subramanian
    Pages 1-21
  3. Tuula Oksanen, Etsuji Suzuki, Soshi Takao, Jussi Vahtera, Mika Kivimäki
    Pages 23-63
  4. Marianna Virtanen, Jenni Ervasti, Tuula Oksanen, Mika Kivimäki, Jussi Vahtera
    Pages 65-85
  5. Ichiro Kawachi, Yukinobu Ichida, Gindo Tampubolon, Takeo Fujiwara
    Pages 87-121
  6. Tomoya Hanibuchi, Tomoki Nakaya
    Pages 123-142
  7. Daisuke Takagi
    Pages 143-166
  8. Jun Aida, Ichiro Kawachi, S. V. Subramanian, Katsunori Kondo
    Pages 167-187
  9. Spencer Moore, Jon Salsberg, Janette Leroux
    Pages 189-203
  10. Hiroshi Murayama, Katsunori Kondo, Yoshinori Fujiwara
    Pages 205-238
  11. Naoki Kondo, Kokoro Shirai
    Pages 239-275
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 343-349

About this book


Global Perspectives on Social Capital and Health

Ichiro Kawachi, Soshi Takao, and S.V. Subramanian, editors

The idea of social capital emerged in the social science disciplines to explain puzzling phenomena such as why some communities fare better in crisis than others. As the field matures, it has been adapted to wide-ranging issues such as population health. 

Global Perspectives on Social Capital and Health presents the major research issues as well as nuanced theoretical discussion in keeping with an evolving field in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. Background chapters analyze how social capital manifests in neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools, and its relationship to health. The book's second half offers guidelines for improving population health at the social capital level, and examples of interventions, such as microfinance programs, in which enhanced social capital and health benefits are a significant by-product. And a number of contributors debate the problems of defining the concept--and using the term at all. Included in the coverage:


  • Contextual determinants of community social capital
  • Causal inference in social capital research
  • Advancing social capital interventions from a network and population health perspective
  • The social capital of welfare states and its significance for population health
  • Social capital interventions to promote healthy aging
  • Social capital, social policy, and health disparities: a legacy of political advocacy in African-American communities


Because of its diverse scope, Global Perspectives on Social Capital and Health will attract a wide audience among researchers and graduate students in public health, epidemiology, medical sociology, and economics.


Aging and public health GIS and public health Instrumental variable estimation Microfinance and social capital School social capital Social capital Social capital and crime Social capital and health outcomes Social capital and trust Social capital research methods Social cohesion Social networks and public health Social participation Workplace social capital

Editors and affiliations

  • Ichiro Kawachi
    • 1
  • Soshi Takao
    • 2
  • S.V. Subramanian
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. Social & Behavioral SciencesHarvard UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2., Department of EpidemiologyOkayama University Graduate School of MeOkayama CityJapan
  3. 3.Dept Social & Behavioral SciencesHarvard UniversityBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-7463-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-7464-7
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