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Societies 2017, 7(1), 3; doi:10.3390/soc7010003

Social Capital Accumulation among Puerto Rican Mothers in Urban Neighborhoods

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Department of Economics and Gastón Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA 02125, USA
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Research Division, Boston Planning and Development Agency, Boston, MA 02201, USA
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Department of Anthropology and Gastón Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA 02125, USA
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Academic Editor: Gregor Wolbring
Received: 1 January 2017 / Revised: 25 February 2017 / Accepted: 27 February 2017 / Published: 3 March 2017
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Abstract

Social capital provides access to material and personal resources through participation in social networks and other social structures. Social capital may not function equally for all populations, especially those living in residentially segregated urban neighborhoods with increased levels of poverty. This is because inequalities exist in social capital accumulation and are found where disadvantaged socioeconomic groups cluster. Using probabilistic household survey data consisting of 205 Puerto Rican mothers in Springfield, Massachusetts in 2013, this research tests hypotheses regarding the association of social capital accumulation with Puerto Rican mothers’ individual, neighborhood, and social network characteristics. Logistic regression results suggested that Puerto Rican mothers who were employed and lived in neighborhoods with other Latinos were more likely to accumulate social capital. In addition, mothers who participated in activities of their children also had increased social capital accumulation. This neighborhood effect on social capital accumulation may promote bonding social capital but not bridging social capital among these Puerto Rican mothers. View Full-Text
Keywords: bridging social capital; bonding social capital; civic participation; social capital formation; social cohesion; collective efficacy; trust; residential segregation; isolation bridging social capital; bonding social capital; civic participation; social capital formation; social cohesion; collective efficacy; trust; residential segregation; isolation
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Granberry, P.J.; Torres, M.I. Social Capital Accumulation among Puerto Rican Mothers in Urban Neighborhoods. Societies 2017, 7, 3.

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