Inequality in social capital and labour market re-entry among unemployed people

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ID Serval
serval:BIB_EA353DB446D1
Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
Collection
Publications
Titre
Inequality in social capital and labour market re-entry among unemployed people
Périodique
Research in Social Stratification and Mobility
Auteur(s)
Bonoli G., Turtschi N.
ISSN
0276-5624 (Print)
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
2015
Volume
42
Pages
87-95
Langue
anglais
Résumé
Research on social capital inequality has tended to emphasize the fact that the distribution of social capital follows that of other resources, with the result that it tends to amplify social inequalities. More elaborated theoretical accounts and some empirical studies suggest, however, that under some circumstances, social capital can actually compensate for disadvantage in social position. In this paper we test these competing hypotheses on a population of newly unemployed people in the Swiss canton of Vaud (N= 3'521). It appears that in most cases the distribution of social capital reflects that of other dimensions of stratification that are associated with labour market disadvantage, such as education, immigrant status, gender, and occupational status. On one important component of social capital, the number of work-related contacts, some immigrant groups score better than Swiss nationals. While this is an important predictor of early exit from unemployment, it fails to translate into an improvement of labour market prospects for the relevant immigrant groups, most likely because its effect is counteracted by more powerful forces such as inequality in skills and discrimination.
Mots-clé
Social capital, Inequality, Social networks, Unemployment
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17/09/2015 7:24
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20/08/2019 16:12
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