Edited by Predrag Cvetičanin and Ana Birešev

The volume “Social and Cultural Capital in Western Balkan Societies” came into being as part of the project that was designed as the application, in general terms, of the Bourdieusian model to the study of transition and social stratification in the transitional period in Serbia (and wider in the Western Balkans region). Central to the project was the conception of multidimensional social structure, in which, in addition to economic, social and cultural capital play an important role in establishing and maintaining social inequalities.

The majority of contributions published in this volume were presented at the conference “Social and Cultural Capital in Western Balkan Societies”, jointly organized in June 2011 by the Centre for Empirical Cultural Studies of Southeast Europe, the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory of the University of Belgrade and the Centre for South-East Studies of the School of Slavonic and East-European Studies of the University College London.


Introduction: Editors’ note

Suzana Ignjatović
Notion of social capital in academic dispute and in public policy

Smiljka Tomanović
Significance and meaning of expressive and instrumental social capital for young people from different social strata

Mirjana Bobić
Applying the concept of social capital in understanding marriage and family in contemporary Serbia

Slobodan Miladinović
Two Faces of Social Capital in Structural Trends: Bonding and Bridging

Jelisaveta Vukelić and Irena Petrović
Social capital as a basis for collective action – the case of environmental activism in two towns in Serbia

Natalija Žunić and Danijela Gavrilović
“Bonding, bridging and linking” – women’s networks as a source of social capital

Marta Kołczyńska
Trust in democratic institutions in the Western Balkans

Danijela Gavrilović and Miloš Jovanović
Trust and legitimation: the case of Serbia

Ivana Spasić and Ana Birešev
The State as the Great Classifier

Višnja Kisić
Generation of physical, human, economic, social and cultural capital through museum-based volunteer programs: the case of the National Museum, Belgrade

Predrag Cvetičanin, Jasmina Nedeljković and Nemanja Krstić
Constructing a cultural map of Serbia