La desigualdad invisible : clases sociales y capital social en el Área Metropolitana de Buenos Aires


Dalle, Pablo

Temporal Coverage

Siglo XXI




148 p.


Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 2.0 Genérica (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)




Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (autonomus city)
Greater Buenos Aires (general region)


Debates regarding the concept of social capital in the field of social stratification and class analysis have gained momentum in the last years. These studies have focused on determining if the access to resources embedded in social networks represent a factor that favours upward social mobility or constitutes a mechanism for the reproduction of class inequalities. This thesis analizes the influence of social capital in the processes of social mobility in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires in the 21st century. Specifically, inquiring about it´s unequal Access by social class, it´s mobilization for job access and it´s influence in processes of class mobility and reproduction. To this end, social capital is defined as resources embedded in a social structure which individuals access and mobilize in actions with a determinated purpose and the position generator will be used to measure. A quantitative approach was used, based on the statisticall analysis of microdata from the Reproduction and social mobility in family trayectories and life courses survey (Pi-Clases, 2016).

The first finding is the existence of inequalities of access to social capital by social class; higher classes have more social capital. Regarding class trajectories, people that are intergenerationally stable in the service class have a higher mean status of contacts but the upwardly mobile have more diverse networks. Also, social ties are a key mechanism to access jobs for all social classes. Family and neighbourhood ties are key for the working class, though the use of these ties is linked to unregulated employenment. Family ties are also important for the intergenerational reproduction in the middle and service class. Finally, social capital has an important role as a mediatior between social origins and destinations. The use of family ties to access jobs favours the reproduction of class origins but the use of weaker ties favours status attainment processes, diminishing the weight of social origins substantially.

Título obtenido

Magister de la Universidad de Buenos Aires en Investigación en Ciencias Sociales

Institución otorgante

Universidad de Buenos Aires. Facultad de Ciencias Sociales

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