International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Measuring Social Capital Using the Position Generator Model (A Case Study of Elite Individuals in Tehran Province- Iran)
Reza Najarzadeh, Mohmammad Soleimani, Michael Reed

The measurement of social capital is a major challenge in social capital research. The Position Generator Technique has been used in this research for the measurement of Elites’ social capital. This technique emphasizes the measurement of individual access to social resources and benefits of the social network for every person. Using data obtained from questionnaires which were distributed among the elite members of the National Foundation of the Elites, the access of individual elite to social capital resources was measured. Then, the high and low prestige social capital of elites was evaluated. The results obtained from this study show that in the population sample, access to social capital is higher among men, married individuals, Ph.D. graduates and those majoring in technical or engineering fields.

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