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    STUDIA POLITICA - Issue no. 1 / 2008  

  Abstract:   When exploring multicultural communities, the operationalization of social capital that is commonly used in research on homogeneous communities might not yield the expected results. This article tries to determine if in multicultural communities the norms of reciprocity are more adequate indicators when studying social capital formation and/or evolution than any of the so far widely used indicators of trust: interpersonal, generalized or institutional. Since the main purpose of social capital is to provide resources for collective action among social actors, the authors suggest that the level of social capital that characterizes a community might also be explained in terms of the evolutionary game theory. The first part of the article reviews some of the theoretical arguments that seem to offer the link between social capital and game theory, while the empirical part provides further arguments which sustain the suggested way in which the norms of reciprocity, system values and collective memory interact.

Keywords: multicultural communities, social capital, trust, evolutionary game theory
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