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Taming the social capital Hydra? Indigenous poverty, social capital theory and measurement

Hunter, Boyd


The second labour of Heracles, the epic struggle with the Hydra, is used in this paper as a metaphor for the difficulties that may be encountered in analysing and measuring social capital. In Greek mythology, the Hydra ‘had a prodigious dog-like body, and eight or nine snaky heads, one of them immortal’. In a sense, social capital is the intellectual equivalent of the Hydra in that it is conceptualised in many different ways. While the many heads of social capital appear relatively harmless...[Show more]

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Date published: 2004
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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