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  1. Function and Functional Explanation in Social Capital Theory: A Philosophical Appraisal.John Vorhaus - 2014 - Studies in Philosophy and Education 33 (2):185-199.
    Social capital is frequently offered up as a variable to explain such educational outcomes as academic attainment, drop-out rates and cognitive development. Yet, despite its popularity amongst social scientists, social capital theory remains the object of some scepticism, particularly in respect of its explanatory ambitions. I provide an account of some explanatory options available to social capital theorists, focussing on the functions ascribed to social capital and on how these are used as explanatory variables in educational theory. Two of the (...)
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