CAPITAL, HEALTH AND CULTURE
Social capital refers to features of social organization, such as
trust and shared norms, which are resources for individuals and
facilitate cooperation. Observing that higher levels of social capital
are associated with better health, advocates recommend strengthening
individuals’ social assets to improve health. Critics contend
that the social capital approach is used as a palliative to quell
marginalized peoples’ demands for material assistance, and
may facilitate reproduction of social inequality. My work has entailed
culling the extensive social capital literature, in order to catalog
and evaluate its multiple definitions, as well as to assess the
strengths and dangers of using this framework to promote health.
"Formative research on elder health and care in Comitán, Chiapas, Mexico."
Glantz N. Dissertation, University of Arizona. Ann Arbor: ProQuest/UMI 3257921. 2007.
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Presentations authored by Namino Glantz
“Social capital: Public health panacea or palliative?”
Glantz N. Session Organizer. Society for Applied Anthropology/Society
for Medical Anthropology Annual Meeting, Dallas, 2004.
“Is the treatment worse than the disease? Risks of attempts
to increase social capital in minority groups.”
Glantz N. Society for Applied Anthropology / Society for Medical
Anthropology Annual Meeting, Dallas, 2004.
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“Social capital: A literature review.”
Glantz N. Tucson: University of Arizona. 15 pages. 2003.