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Neil J. Smelser and Bob Adamson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520273566

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520273566.001.0001

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Groups, Teams, Networks, Trust, and Social Capital

Groups, Teams, Networks, Trust, and Social Capital

(p.121) 4 Groups, Teams, Networks, Trust, and Social Capital
Usable Social Science

Neil J. Smelser

John S. Reed

University of California Press

The five phenomena identified in the chapter title—groups, teams, networks, trust, and social capital—are treated as different but interrelated manifestations of the informal side of organizational life. All have experienced special vitality in all of the social sciences in the past few decades. Each is an identifiable element in social life, and each has a range of both positive and negative implications. Each is interpreted in the context of the vicissitudes of social scientists’ preoccupation with gemeinschaft, a long-standing principle in the social sciences that contrasts the communal side of life with large-scale societal organization.

Keywords:   gemeinschaft, groups in organizations, social capital, social networks, social trust, teams

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