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Volume 8 (2006/2007), ISSUE 13 (YEARLY)

 

SOCIAL CAPITAL AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: ILLUSTRATIONS FROM TWO MEXICAN CITIES 

RENE MILLAN AND FIORELLA MANCINI

 

SUMMARY

How true is it that social capital has an impact on improving democratic life? This article considers four aspects along this line of investigation: in the first place, it reviews the concept of social capital within the Mexican context; in the second place, it determines the levels and forms of trust and reciprocity within distinct social, political and economic contexts in Mexico; in the third place, it differentiates the extent and intensity of associativeness in those regions, finding out also the type of motivations and benefits related to formal civic participation; and finally, it analyzes the civic obligations as a modulating factor characteristic of each region of the country. Data suggest that although social capital is indispensable in coordinating actions and facilitating cooperation, its final effectiveness is modulated by civic engagement. 

KEYWORDS

Social Capital - Mexico – Civic Engagement

AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION

René MILLAN is a Senior Researcher of the Social Research Institute of Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

Fiorella MANCINI is an Academic Technician of the Social Research Institute of Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.  

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This article is a revised version of a paper presented at the Second International Conference of The Social Capital Foundation, Buggiba, Republic of Malta, 20-23 September 2005. 

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