Social networks, social support and social capital: the experiences of recent Polish migrants in London

Ryan, Louise and Sales, Rosemary A. and Tilki, Mary and Siara, Bernadette (2008) Social networks, social support and social capital: the experiences of recent Polish migrants in London. Sociology, 42 (4). pp. 672-690. ISSN 0038-0385

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038508091622

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Abstract

There is growing interest in the role of migrants' social networks as sources of social capital. Networks are, however, often conceptualized rather loosely and insufficient attention has been paid to how migrants access existing networks or establish new ties in the `host' society.The assumption that migrants are able to access dense networks within close-knit local communities simplifies the experiences of newly arrived migrants, underestimating difficulties they may face in accessing support. Exploring the work of Putnam, as well as Coleman and Bourdieu, we critically engage with the conceptualization of bonding and bridging social capital, and the relationship between them, through an exploration of Polish migrants' networking skills and strategies. In examining the different types and levels of support derived through social ties, this article contributes to understandings of social networking by arguing for a greater differentiation and specification of networks both vertically and horizontally, but also spatially and temporally.

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Research Areas:School of Law > Social Policy Research Centre
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