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Issue 2015, 2: Glocal social capital

Contrary to appearances, human relations in a globalized society seem to be becoming, in general, increasingly more significant, fed as they are by diverse forms of rationality not reducible to that of economy. Personal relations tend to integrate themselves into social networks that generate trust and create various types of interpersonal exchanges. 

They seem to be characterized by those “weak ties” which paradoxically have “strength”: friendly acquaintances that (differently than those shared by close friends, intimates, family and relatives) broaden the possibility of access to information and of finding self-satisfying jobs. These relations are increasingly becoming more relevant in building a social capital that brands itself as both local and global: it generates economic benefits for the individual and for the community to which he/she belongs, but not only this. In fact, social capital bases itself on trust, on shared standards and on mechanisms of relation created by human interaction. It produces inter-personal exchange and cooperation, constituting a precious immaterial resource for individual use. However, ever increasing migratory flows – which tend to characterize globalization – often challenge consolidated social equilibriums, both in the country of origin and in the country of arrival, breaking human bonds and giving rise to problems of social justice and public order. These tears can be partially repaired by the existence or by the formation of small communities (ethnic or cultural enclaves), which generate “binding social capital” and therefore positive fallout for the members of these communities. But binding social capital is unable to transform itself into “bridging” or “linking social capital” and thus produces social fragmentation. In effect, it causes individuals and communities involved in the process of globalization to become increasingly more weak and unable to face social challenges as part of a larger community. The obvious risk is the possible disintegration of global society into a multitude of closed communities. Institutional policies or political actions produced by social collaboration can partly govern this process of intensifying human relations and create significant links between society and individuals that in the end can generate new forms of polity.

Editorial This issue is intended to have a specific characteristic: to consider the topic of social capital, which has been particularly stimulated in recent times by the problem of migrations, in terms of glocalist logic, when so often it is discussed merely in terms of national or international logic.
Current Issue's Articles
Cosmopolitan Utilitarianism and the Problem of Local Inaction in a Globalized World Abstract : This article explores the problem of the public acceptability of political inaction as an extreme consequence of cosmopolitan utilitarianism.
Expectation vs Reality: Cosmopolitan and Insular Social Capital among Malaysian Chinese Youth Abstract : This article discusses the form of social capital present among Malaysian Chinese youth, comparing across those who are Chinese-medium educated and English-medium educated.
(In)Secutiry Regime among African Youth: The Age and Law Curfew Abstract : this paper purports to present the account of twin phenomena of age and constitution that anointed the relegation of African youth to the wastebasket of oppression.
Os Blogs enquanto Espaços de (Re)territorializacao de Identidades Abstract: Blogs are a locus of tension between global and local, between online and offline, a virtual place where individuals meet, interact, express themselves in a process of (re)territorialisation among the identity fragmentation of post-modernity and the internet itself.
Place Attachment in a Sustainable Neighbourhood: Comparison of Two Cases in Surrey, B.C Abstract : Scholars have voiced the emphasis of studies in sustainability on environmental sustainability over social sustainability. One of the dimensions of social sustainability is neighbourhood cohesion among residents of a neighbourhood.