The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio
This book examines a neglected Puerto Rican enclave in Boston to consider the pros and cons of social scientific thinking about the true nature of ghettos in America. Mario Luis Small dismantles the theory that poor urban neighborhoods are inevitably deprived of social capital. He shows that the conditions specified in this theory are vaguely defined and variable among poor communities. According to Small, structural conditions such as unemployment or a failed system of familial relations must be acknowledged as affecting the urban poor, but individual motivations and the importance of timing must be considered as well.
Brimming with fresh theoretical insights, Villa Victoria is an elegant work of sociology that will be essential to students of urban poverty.
American Sociological Association/Culture Section Best Book Award: ASA - Mary Douglas Prize
ASA Community and Urban Sociology Sect.: ASA-Robert E. Park Award
Society for the Study of Social Problems: C. Wright Mills Award
Eastern Sociological Society: Mirra Komarovsky Book Award
1. How Does Neighborhood Poverty Affect Social Capital?
2. Villa Victoria and Boston's South End
3. The Rise and Decline of Local Participation, Part 1: Social Organization Theory
4. The Rise and Decline of Local Participation, Part 2: Cohorts and Collective Narratives
5. The Ecology of Group Differentiation
6. Social Capital and the Spatialization of Resources
7. A Labyrinth of Loyalties
8. Social Capital in Poor Neighborhoods