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Roberto Radicci – Social Capital and Familial Capital: The Case of Clothing- Textile Industry of Bitonto Social Capital and Familial Capital:

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The purpose of this paper is to investigate the notions of ‘social capital ’ and ‘familial capital’, and apply those notions to the social and economic context of the clothing-textile industry of Bitonto. The key-point here is to consider that the applicability of those general notions cannot neglect the context of the analysis – as indeed context matters –, and even those cultural areas labeled as 'backward ' or 'lacking social capital ' in the past may exhibit positive examples of economic development and social transformation that have occurred throughout the last few years. Hence, the notion of potential social capital is central to explaining how certain areas can exploit existing resources (physical and human), which may not be visible and accessible to everyone – such as in the case of the informal economies – and may not be fully ‘mobilizable ’ by a social group. In addition, certain familial structures play a fundamental role in bot

Year: 2011
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