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social contract

A social contract is an older and alternative way to express the relationships often described today as social capital. In both, social networks of people exposed to similar risks are formed for mutual protection. The main difference between the two ways of expressing what happens when social networks combine is that the social contract assumes a power network or command hierarchy in common to assess obligations and to allocate resources. In the social capital view, this is seen more as a market run based on a currency.


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