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