Portes Meets Zelizer in Azerbaijan: Social Capital As a Byproduct of Relational Work
Our argument has important implications for development sociology. Our theory and case suggests that researchers should expect to find social capital in even the most deviant, disorganized, war-torn and despondent places and social situations, where both personal and generalized trust are absent. This is because relational work is universal while trust is not. This also has implications for development practitioners. Social workers, community organizers, and other social capitalists, seeking to help individuals gain access to resources or to increase the social capital of communities, may benefit from interpreting their vocations as ‘relationship work specialists,’ with relationships and relational packages as their unit of practice.