The Role of the Social Capital of an Individual in the Formation of the Quality of Life


  • Valentina A. Sushko Moscow State University
  • Gennadi B. Pronchev Associate Professor, PhD of Sociology Department of Sociology. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia



social activity; social capital; the quality of life; material security of the individual; the structure of values.


The article examines the influence of social capital on the quality of life of the Russian population and its particular components. The authors point to the problem associated with the social capital of the individual and determine the levels, namely the micro-level (interaction of individuals), meso-level (interaction with organizations), and macro-level (interaction with government bodies, etc.), which form the social capital. In the course of the analysis, the authors reveal the theoretical and methodological approaches of foreign and Russian scientists to the concept of social capital and its components.        Based on empirical data from sociological research conducted in 2019, the article analyzes the structure of values of the adult population of Russia, highlights the characteristics of social capital and the degree of their influence on the formation of the quality of life. In the course of the research, the authors focus on the micro-level of the formation and influence of social capital, highlighting such components as a social activity and material security of an individual. In the course of the study, it was found that the social capital of a person affects the quality of a person's life, to a certain extent, forming the circle of his/her interests and values, as well as providing real opportunities for the realization of the interests of the individual and meeting his/her needs. The obtained results of the analysis can be useful for further study of the quality of life.


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How to Cite

Sushko, V. A., & Pronchev, G. B. . (2021). The Role of the Social Capital of an Individual in the Formation of the Quality of Life . Postmodern Openings, 12(1), 38-53.



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