Social Networks


Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means (2002)

Steven Strogatz, Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order (2003)

Steven Strogatz, Sync: How Order Emerges from Chaos in the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life (2004)

Mark Buchanan, Nexus: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Theory of Networks (2003)

Duncan J. Watts, Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age (2004)

Duncan J. Watts, Small Worlds : The Dynamics of Networks between Order and Randomness (2003)

Benedetto Gui and Robert Sugden (eds.), Economics and Social Interaction. Accounting for Interpersonal Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2005). An economic look at how to incorporate social interactions.

Sam Pizzigatti, Greed and Good: Understanding and Overcoming the Inequality That Limits Our Lives. (NY, Apex Press, Council on International & Public Affairs, 2005). On why trickle-down economics doesn't work and on the social costs of inequality.

Gunnar Lind Haase Svendsen and Gert Tinggaard Svendsen, The Creation and Destruction of Social Capital: Entrepreneurship, Cooperative Movements and Institutions (Edward Elgar, 2005).

Danielle Allen, Talking To Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown v. Board of Education (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2004). Allen's book teaches us to overcome a 'don't talk to strangers' mentality and to build political friendships that are at the heart of democracy and social capital-building.

Francisco HerrerosThe Problem of Forming Social Capital: Why Trust? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004). Herreros' slightly academic book uses game theory to address the pragmatic question of how to build social capital.

Fritjof Capra, The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems. Describes the interrelationships and interdependence of psychological, biological, physical, social, and cultural phenomena.


Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz, Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time (2005)

Joseph Epstein, Friendship: An Expose (2006)

John Maxwell, The Treasure of a Friend (1999)

John Maxwell, Relationships 101 (2004)

Roger and Sally Horchow, The Art of Friendship: 70 Simple Rules for Making Meaningful Connections (2006)


Darrin McMahon, Happiness: A History (2006)

Jonathan Haidt, The Happiness Hypothesis (2006)

Dan Gilbert, Stumbling on Happiness (2006)

Gregory Berns, Satisfaction: The Science of Finding True Fulfillment (2005).

Matthieu Ricard, Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill (2006)

Alain De Botton, The Architecture of Happiness (2006)


Lee Dugatkin, Cheating Monkeys and Citizen Bees: The Nature of Cooperation in Animals and Humans (FreePress, 1999)

Lee Dugatkin, Cooperation Among Animals: An Evolutionary Perspective (Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution, 1997)

Frans B.M. de Waal, Tree of Origin : What Primate Behavior Can Tell Us about Human Social Evolution (Harvard University Press, 2002)

Steven Johnson, Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software (Penguin, London, 2001)


Other Sources

Information about social capital and the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey:
Our own Saguaro Seminar site
Provides overview of Professor Putnam’s work to date, as well as the historical Saguaro Seminar meetings, and has links to various other social capital research and publications (Bowling Alone, Better Together, Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey [SCCBS]).
Through vast new data, Putnam’s book shows how we have become increasingly disconnected from family, friends, neighbors, and our democratic structures and how we may reconnect.
Better Together
Better Together is the Saguaro Seminar
report based on three years of dialogue
among a diverse group of thinkers and
doers. This report details promising
strategies and recommendations for
increasing our social capital through
faith-based efforts, schools and youth,
the workplace, politics, and the arts.
Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey
Home page of the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey (SCCBS) describing goals, methods, metrics, participants, results, etc.
Social Capital Gateway
The Social Capital Gateway is a fine site on social capital worldwide, including recent books, theses, social capital events and conferences, and basic readings on social capital.
Observatory Pascal often has links to new, interesting research on social capital.

InfEd provides an overview and bibliography related to social capital.

Civic Practices Network
This site has a good description of social capital. There are also definitions of other related civic words in their CPN dictionary.