Social Capital and Health

  • Lijun Song


“The real nature of man is the totality of social relations” (Marx 1963: 83). All individuals dwell in a network of social relationships. Their health conditions can be contingent on structural attributes of their network contexts. Since Durkheim’s classic study on suicide ([1897] 1951), there has been a long research tradition on diverse aspects of social relationships and health in sociology and other social sciences (for reviews see Berkman et al. 2000; House et al. 1988; Pescosolido and Levy 2002; Smith and Christakis 2008; Song et al. 2011; Umberson and Montez 2010). In the last two decades social capital has grown into one of the most popular but controversial relationship-based theoretical tools in the multidisciplinary health literature.


Social Capital Social Cohesion Cultural Capital Network Member Collective Efficacy 
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Center for Medicine, Health, and SocietyVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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