Social Capital in South Africa: A Data-Driven Learning Guide (ICPSR 316)

Principal Investigator(s): Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research


Data-Driven Learning Guides are a collection of instructional exercises that can be used to enhance teaching of core concepts in the social sciences. This learning guide investigates social capital -- the sum of the in-person interactions between the citizens of a society -- in South Africa. Research questions that can be explored using this learning guide include how social capital forms in an ethnically diverse society like South Africa, whether ethnic diversity helps in the formation of social capital, whether social capital can be generated or if it's dependent on existing cultural characteristics, and whether more social capital increases interest in politics.

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