Social Capital in South Africa: A Data-Driven Learning Guide Go to Resource


Social capital is the sum of the in-person interactions between the citizens of a society. These interactions are believed to make it easier for participants to act together to pursue shared goals. We measure social capital with the concepts of trust, norms, and involvement in associational life. Many scholars argue that a society with more social capital tends to have more efficient political institutions and economic development. Research shows that this is the case in the United States, but less is known about social capital in new democracies like South Africa.

This guide explores social capital in South Africa. Frequency tables will be used.

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