Three questions for you:
1. Social capital defined how? It is one of the most variegated
concepts in the field.
2. 10% reduction as compared with whom? That is, is it among a sample
of subjects all of whom work outside the home, or not?
Thanks, I am very interested in these answers.
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Ten minutes of commuting reduces social capital by 10%.
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From: "Edmund Chattoe" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, September 05, 2002 3:31 AM
Subject: Probably Naive But ...
> Dear All,
> I know there's a literature on differences between urban and rural
> social networks but I'm interested in what social networkers believe
> about spatial effects generally. (I know geographers have some
> theories in this area too.)
> Specifically, how much difference does spatial dispersion make to
> network links? This can be looked at in two ways:
> 1) Are the social networks of people who live - on average - further
> apart (like those in rural areas) different from those who live
> further together? How so? (A subsidiary question to this, that I
> don't think has been addressed, is: are people in an organisation
> more likely to know each other than, say, people in a city block,
> seeing this purely as a spatial phenomenon.)
> 2) What is the spatial distribution for various kinds of network
> links: kin, friends, colleagues. I have seen a piece of work by a
> social pyschology (Latane/) that asked people to list all contacts
> the last week and their location/type.
> Generally, there must be an awful lot of network data files about by
> now. How much meta analysis has been done so one could take an
> "anonymous" network and say "according to these measures, this is
> probably a network from an urban area/rural area/cyberspace/real
> Edmund Chattoe: Department of Sociology, University of Oxford,
> House, St Ebbes, Oxford, OX1 1PS, tel: 01865-286174, fax:
> http://www.sociology.ox.ac.uk Review Editor, J. Artificial
> and Social Simulation (JASSS) http://www.soc.surrey.ac.uk/JASSS/
> "So act as
> to treat humanity, whether in your own person or in another, always
> end, and never as only a means." (Immanuel Kant, Fundamental