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dc.contributor.advisorStull, Donald D
dc.contributor.authorDesBaillets, Molly B.
dc.date.accessioned2009-03-23T03:23:34Z
dc.date.available2009-03-23T03:23:34Z
dc.date.issued2008-01-01
dc.date.submitted2008
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/ku:10028
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1808/4427
dc.description.abstractSocial capital is defined as: networks that enable access to resources--like getting a job through a neighborhood friend--and is associated with well-functioning societies. Robert Putnam's 2007 article, "E Pluribus Unum," characterizes ethnically diverse communities as inherently low in social capital. I went to Garden City, Kansas, a majority-minority community, to assess the function of social capital in a specific context. I used ethnographic data from the summer of 2007 and the Changing Relations Project to compare changes in social capital over time. The World Bank's measures of social capital--networks, cooperation, trust, and inclusion--were used to assess social capital in Garden City. My findings led me to conclude that large influxes of diverse people produced context-specific social capital in Garden City, contrary to Putnam's hypothesis which associates cultural pluralism with low social capital. Recommendations to further strengthen specific forms of social capital in Garden City follow the conclusions.
dc.format.extent101 pages
dc.language.isoEN
dc.publisherUniversity of Kansas
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dc.subjectCultural anthropology
dc.subjectPolitical science
dc.subjectPublic administration
dc.subjectUrban and regional planning
dc.subjectApplied anthropology
dc.subjectCultural pluralism
dc.subjectDiversity
dc.subjectGarden City
dc.subjectKansas
dc.subjectMunicipal policy
dc.subjectSocial capital
dc.titleCultural Pluralism and Social Capital in Garden City, Kansas
dc.typeThesis
dc.contributor.cmtememberGibson, Jane
dc.contributor.cmtememberKennedy, John
dc.thesis.degreeDisciplineAnthropology
dc.thesis.degreeLevelM.A.
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