> page number. And is it linear? And reliable and valid?
> 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?
> 3. Citation?
Good questions. Sorry I don't have the answers. I got the factoid from
Putnam's Web site, www.bowlingalone.com. I read his papers years ago and
don't recall the details of this finding. The Web site contains much of the
data he used.
I offered the factoid simply to point out that living close together might
not mean much if people spend little time at home.
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> Ten minutes of commuting reduces social capital by 10%.
> -- R.D. Putnam, www.bowlingalone.com
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> From: "Edmund Chattoe" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> 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
> > organisation".
> > ATB,
> > Edmund
> > --
> > 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
> as an
> > end, and never as only a means." (Immanuel Kant, Fundamental