Social Capital and Subjective Well-Being. Insights from Cross-Cultural Studies
This book presents a cross-cultural investigation into the interplay between social capital and subjective well-being. Based on a quantitative analysis of the latest largeN cross-cultural datasets, including the World Value Survey, European Social Survey, LAPOP, etc., and covering various countries, it offers a comparative perspective on and new insights into the determinants of social capital and well-being. By identifying both universal and culture-specific patterns, the authors shed new light on the spatial and temporal differentiation of social capital and subjective well-being. The book is divided into two main parts, the first of which discusses mutual trust, religious and cultural tolerance, and pro-civic human values as essential dimensions of social capital. In turn, the second part studies social capital as a source of subjective well-being and life satisfaction. Given its scope, the book will appeal to scholars of sociology, social psychology, political science, and economics seeking a deeper understanding of the multifaceted nature of social capital and well-being.