Network Composition, Individual Social Capital and Culture: Comparing Traditional and Post-Modernized Ethnic Groups

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 Last revised: 18 Jan 2016

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Julia Häuberer

University of Hamburg - School of Business Administration, Economics and Social Sciences

Alexander Tatarko

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: April 9, 2014

Abstract

This article deals with the influence of cultural background on the sources of social capital. We analyse four different culture groups – Czechs and Russians representing post-modernized cultures and Dagestanis and Chechens representing traditional cultures. Applying univariate comparisons and Structural Equation Modelling, our results indicate a clear difference between post-modern and traditional cultures. Postmodernity seems to come along with less family network density and greater formal network size; however, also with higher family social capital access than traditionalism. No clear distinction can be drawn regarding size of friendship network and social capital accessed by the friendship network.

Keywords: individual social capital, social networks, culture, modernization, tradition, resource generator

JEL Classification: D85

Suggested Citation

Häuberer, Julia and Tatarko, Alexander, Network Composition, Individual Social Capital and Culture: Comparing Traditional and Post-Modernized Ethnic Groups (April 9, 2014). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 38/SOC/2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2422870 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2422870

Julia Häuberer

University of Hamburg - School of Business Administration, Economics and Social Sciences ( email )

Von-Melle-Park 5
Hamburg, 20146
Germany

Alexander Tatarko (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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