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Taming The Social Capital Hydra?

Hunter, Boyd


The second labour of Heracles, the epic struggle with the Hydra, is used 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. The unquestioning adoption and application of social capital rhetoric is...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts
Access Rights: Open Access


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