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Villa Victoria : The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio - Mario Luis Small

Villa Victoria

The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio

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For decades now, scholars and politicians alike have argued that the concentration of poverty in city housing projects would produce distrust, alienation, apathy, and social isolation--the disappearance of what sociologists call social capital. But relatively few have examined precisely how such poverty affects social capital or have considered for what reasons living in a poor neighborhood results in such undesirable effects.

This book examines a neglected Puerto Rican enclave in Boston to consider the pros and cons of social scientific thinking about the true nature of ghettos in America. Mario Luis Small dismantles the theory that poor urban neighborhoods are inevitably deprived of social capital. He shows that the conditions specified in this theory are vaguely defined and variable among poor communities. According to Small, structural conditions such as unemployment or a failed system of familial relations must be acknowledged as affecting the urban poor, but individual motivations and the importance of timing must be considered as well.

Brimming with fresh theoretical insights, Villa Victoria is an elegant work of sociology that will be essential to students of urban poverty.

Preface
Acknowledgments
How Does Neighborhood Poverty Affect Social Capital?
Villa Victoria and Boston's South End
The Rise and Decline of Local Participation
Social Organization Theory
The Rise and Decline of Local Participation
Cohorts and Collective Narratives
The Ecology of Group Differentiation
Social Capital and the Spatialization of Resources
A Labyrinth of Loyalties
Social Capital in Poor Neighborhoods
Epilogue
Appendix
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780226762920
ISBN-10: 0226762920
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st April 2005
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 14.9  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 2