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Social Capital in Korea: Relational Capital,Trust, and Transparency

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  • Social Capital in Korea: Relational Capital,Trust, and Transparency
  • Lee, Jaeyeol
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Title Social Capital in Korea: Relational Capital,Trust, and Transparency
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Lee, Jaeyeol

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[Sugamo]:Japan Sociological Society

Date 2015-03
Journal Title; Vol./Issue International Journal of Japanese Sociology:No. 24
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < General
Holding Japan Sociological Society

Abstract

This article starts by distinguishing two different types of social capital,that is, societal moral resource capital and relational capital. Social capital as a societal moral resource is best characterized in Putnam’s works. Social capital as the relational mobilization of information and control is best conceptualized by Coleman. By contrasting these two aspects of social capital, and by contextualizing the peculiarity of social relations in East Asian countries, this article explores the characteristics of social capital in Korea. For that purpose, I focus on the working of relational capital, or inmaek, in the creation and reproduction of social inequality. Moreover, I calculate the macro-level transformation of Korean society in terms of the role of societal moral resources.