The Measurement of Social Capital in Tehran


1 Department of Social Planning Welfare, University of Tehran, Tehran

2 Sociologist, Social Welfare Management Research Center, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran


This paper examines the dimensions of social capital in Tehran. The data were collected by means of questionnaire. 2400 residents of Tehran were selected by stratified sampling who were over 15 years old. The theories of scholars such as Pierre Bourdieu, James Coleman, and Robert Putnam in definition of social capital are applied. Social capital has been studied in five aspects including associational relationship, norms and social trust, social bonding and interpersonal trust, social cohesion and social support. Almost in all dimensions, social capital was medium and also the sum scale of it indicated that the rate of social capital in Tehran is medium.


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