Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Social capital and relational work: Uncertainty, distrust and social support in Azerbaijan
by Stoltz, Dustin S., M.S., Illinois State University, 2014, 91; 1562504
Abstract (Summary)

Much of the social capital literature focuses on unambiguous social situations where actors share generalized trust or interpersonal trust. Drawing on in-depth fieldwork in northwest Azerbaijan, this thesis focuses instead on distrust and the negotiation of conflicting interpretations of shared norms within moments of informal social support. In such situations, participants engage in an on-going negotiation of the situation, drawing on available cultural conventions to make sense of situations and perform relational work. They ultimately create meaning out of on-going social interaction and accomplish locally viable forms of social support.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pitluck, Aaron Z.
Commitee: Beck, Frank, Gill, Virginia
School: Illinois State University
Department: Sociology and Anthropology: Sociology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 53/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Economics, Social structure
Keywords: Azerbaijan, Economic sociology, Networks, Relational work, Social capital, Trust
Publication Number: 1562504
ISBN: 978-1-321-09814-3
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