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It takes a village to promote good health The idea of “social capital” goes back to the early 19th century, when French diplomat and historian Alexis de Tocqueville – who traveled widely in the US – noted that Americans frequently met to discuss a variety of political, economic and other matters, creating high levels of civic participation and involvement and a healthy democracy.

In recent decades, academics in the social sciences have latched onto the term. It has been defined by some as “a form of economic and cultural capital in which social networks are central, transactions are marked by reciprocity, trust and cooperation, and market agents produce goods and services not mainly for themselves but for a common good.”


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