The following paper is a case study on the network of activist and volunteer groups in Helsinki active throughout the event of Refugee Crisis of 2015. Using the triangulation between the theories of Social Capital as defined by Robert D. Putnam and Pierre Bourdieu this research identifies the relationships within the field and their connections to the theoretical framework. The study includes members of four grassroots groups usually holding numerous group affiliations. The fact that the interviewees were referring to each other’s experience despite not being aware of the participation in the research of the referred person speaks in favour of representativeness within the sampling.
The result of this research can be presented as a scheme of interrelations between the context and theoretical framework. The study operates with a wide analytical toolkit, encompassing abductive reasoning, qualitative content analysis and thick description/interpretation. The analysis on the interview data brought out several categories derived from the theory but having their own specifics due to the locality of the study. Thematically these categories refer to the modes of embodiments and manifestations of social capital and their effect on the field of civic engagement.
SOURCE: Ivan Serbin. “Manifestations of Social Capital: A study on the Local Grass-roots Groups and Initiatives Advocating for the Rights of Refugees.” Ivan Serbin, 2018.
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