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“One Hand Washes the Other”

Social Capital and the Politics of Leisure in Guadeloupean Associations

Kathe Managan

Through a close look at events observed in three Guadeloupean voluntary associations—a retirees' club, a youth group, and a dance club—this essay examines the politics of leisure activities, helping to illuminate the ways that social capital operates in associations and how politics permeates everyday life on the French island of Guadeloupe. I consider the ways that Putnam's view of social capital differs from Bourdieu's. I argue associations are an important source of social capital for some marginalized members of Guadeloupean society who convert this social capital into economic, political, or social advancement. At the same time, social capital is unevenly accessible within associations and it operates in a context of political patronage. My data suggests that we need to rethink the concept of social capital to account for the complexity of the ways it works in society.

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Why “Dissident” Irish Republicans Haven't Gone Away

A Visual Study of the Persistence of “Terrorism”

Robert W. White

organizational incentives, for example, influence commitment and detachment in voluntary associations ( Knoke 1981 , 1988 ). The persistence of activism in social movement organizations is influenced by connections among activists that build solidarity and

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Nancy L. Green

Although mass migration to the United States and to France did not occur until after Tocqueville's visit to America, by rereading Tocqueville's classic De la démocratie en Amérique through the lens of immigration history, we can question some of the common assumptions about Franco-American differences. First, Tocqueville's comparativist gaze needs to be re-examined, especially with regard to the way in which it has been repeatedly invoked during the Tocquevillian renaissance of the last thirty years to differentiate the French and American experiences. Second, if Tocqueville did not discuss immigrants per se, his analysis of voluntary associations points to an important component of civil society which has been present both in France and the United States ever since immigrants began arriving en masse. Theories about the rise and decline of civil society as well as generalizations about Franco-American differences need to be challenged by including immigration associations in a new Tocquevillian analysis of democracy in both countries.

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Arthur Goldhammer

Tocqueville's account of the role of voluntary associations in democracy is discussed in relation to the French government's repressive Law of 1834. The context was one of insurrection in Lyon and the regime of Louis Philippe, itself the product of an insurrection only a few years before, was particularly nervous about conspiratorial associations, which it attempted to ban with the law in question. Because Tocqueville opposed this law, he emphasized the virtues of political association in the text of Democracy in America and ignored certain problematic characteristics of the one association he used to exemplify his general argument, namely, the “free trade association” that convened in Philadelphia in 1831 to oppose the so-called Tariff of Abominations.

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Jan Berting

biological conditions. This is what Freud called “the primacy principle.” Later collective identities, especially after growing up, have been grafted onto the former, such as professional identities or collective identities related to voluntary associations

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Richard Widick and John Foran

to haunt you. Corporations rely on public sphere debate and voluntary associations like labor unions and environmental NGOs to feed back information so they can better understand the accumulation of social and ecological externalities and adjust

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Working against and with the State

From Sanctuary to Resettlement

Audrey Macklin

based nonprofit organizations, albeit with certain distinctive features, such as a commitment to worship and religious education.” Quoting Robert Putnam, they describe church congregations as voluntary associations that “provide an important incubator

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Sacred Welcomes

How Religious Reasons, Structures, and Interactions Shape Refugee Advocacy and Settlement

Benjamin Boudou, Hans Leaman, and Maximilian Miguel Scholz

nation-state and more among voluntary associations and informal, relational networks. The literature on religious groups’ participation in the distribution of humanitarian aid to migrants is rapidly growing ( Ager and Ager 2015 ; Fiddian-Qasmiyeh 2011

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Ivi Daskalaki and Nadina Leivaditi

εθελοντικού σωματίου” [ Sociality and Solidarity Society in the Case of a Voluntary Association ] (in Greek). Elliniki Epitheorisi Politikis Epistimis 32 : 95 – 120 . Rozakou , Katerina . 2012 . “ The Biopolitics of Hospitality in Greece

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A Mistrustful Society?

The Lack of Trust in Government Institutions in the Czech Republic

Nicole Horáková

role how much the individual trusts state institutions. Other important factors are the shape of civil society, social capital, and voluntary associations. Institutional theory is based on rational choice and endogenous motivation: institutional trust