Inputs and Institutions as Conservative Elements
48 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2007
Date Written: March 16, 2007
This essay examines economic stagnation by extending the argument that capital goods and "conservative elements" to the analysis of social capital and institutions in the post-Reconstruction South. It is argued that the structure of social capital that developed in the South was inappropriate to the formal institutions that emerged as a result of the Civil War and Reconstruction. The tensions between institutions and social capital are examined in the context of racist lynching.
Keywords: institutions, US South, racism, lynching
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