Support networks have been linked to college success and the ideas that Bosnian and Herzegovinian orphans have about their job prospects amidst a population with almost 50 percent unemployment. The theory of social capital should help to understand how social ties/networks and reciprocity play a part in college years and to understand the expectations orphans have about future employment. This ethnographic research looked closely at orphans who grew up in institutions and those that were placed with host families. Data for this qualitative study was collected through semi-structured interviews and scholarly literature on similar issues in other post-conflict countries. In order to understand and find the answers to emerging questions, this research examines social, historical, and cultural differences that shape this issue. Findings suggest that institutions and host families can create both positive and negative environment for creation of social networks. Contrary to popular beliefs, institutions can sometimes help create new networks, while host families in secluded areas can limit creation of these networks.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social research, Slavic Studies, Higher education|
|Keywords:||Education, Non-profit organizations, Orpahns, Social capital|
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