Personal Networks as Social Capital: a Research Strategy to Measure Contents and Forms of Social Support

Paola Di Nicola, Sandro Stanzani & Luigi Tronca
The basic idea of social capital consists of the belief that individuals’ lives can be qualitatively improved by social relationships, or rather by the social resources that these relationships manage to mobilize. So, personal networks can provide a kind of capital for individuals. This essay examines the characteristics of personal networks that mobilize social resources in a sample of 307 individuals, representative of the population of Verona (Italy). By using some structural indicators of social...
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