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Socialt kapital genom Föreningsengagemang?: Föreningsengagemanget betydelse för det sociala kapitalet
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Politics and History.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study examines the connection between social capital and involvement within voluntary associations; involvement is defined either as being a member in an association or a member who has some kind of assignment in an association. The study also examines if there is a difference between two social economic groups regarding the attainment and transformation of social capital through being involved in a voluntary association.

Social capital is defined as social trust and the willingness of collective action.

The result of the research shows there is a slight connection between the involvement in voluntary associations and social capital. It shows that people who are members of a voluntary association often have higher social capital than those who are not members of any voluntary association at all. The study also shows that there is a difference in attainment of social capital between those who have some kind of assignment in a voluntary association and general members.

When studying social capital and involvement in voluntary associations it is also of interest to take social class into the analysis, because the study shows that people with a lower education had increased social capital when they were members in an association compared to the members with a higher education.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 49 p.
Keyword [en]
social capital, voluntary associations, social economic groups
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-16415Local ID: STV C-38OAI: diva2:589395
Subject / course
Political Science
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-01-25 Created: 2013-01-18 Last updated: 2013-01-25Bibliographically approved

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