Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

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Social Capital and Education

  • Veronika TašnerEmail author
  • Slavko Gaber
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_584-1


The basic idea of the concept of social capital embraces the importance of relations between actors in social space established as networks of the individuals in communities and society. Numerous and even ideologically different and contradicting conceptualizations agree that there are several reasons to acknowledge the importance of social networks that enable social ties and bring benefits to their members. Strong social networks as result of common beliefs, sentiments, values, and practices are, namely, supposed to generalize reciprocity and significantly strengthen social collaboration and coherence in contemporary plural and highly individualized and diversified democracies. Coherent networks promote social interaction (good faith, confidence); reduce the level of anomie, crime, etc.; and provide a productive arena for democratic participation of active citizens. As such, social capital is, in addition to economic capital and in combination with cultural capital and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationLjubljana UniversityLjubljanaSlovenia
  2. 2.Faculty of Education/Centre for Education Policy StudiesLjubljana UniversityLjubljanaSlovenia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mitja Sardoč
    • 1
  1. 1.Educational Research InstituteLjubljanaSlovenia