a native speaker of English with the hell lot of Celtic blood in the veins must canot be wrong :-).
The tongue wouldn't be lodged in the cheek there now would it? :)) It would also suffice to say that I am now, have always been and will always be right about absolutely everything. That covers all options :) I fear I am turning into InPolska with all the smiley faces. The difference is that mine are genuine and hers were a vain attempt at covering her Gallic arse, having just said something really nasty and insulting.
My personal definition
Apparently when the term first appeared it was defined as:
"those tangible assets [that] count for most in the daily lives of people: namely goodwill, fellowship, sympathy, and social intercourse among the individuals and families who make up a social unit".
Nowadays the OECD defines it under three main headings :
Bonds: Links to people based on a sense of common identity ("people like us") - such as family, close friends and people who share our culture or ethnicity.
Bridges: Links that stretch beyond a shared sense of identity, for example to distant friends, colleagues and associates.
Linkages: Links to people or groups further up or lower down the social ladder.
I took a quick look at some research regarding the social capital in Poland and found that apparently studies conducted by various sources show amongst other things, a consistently a 'very low level' of social trust in Polish society with the political and intellectual figures being perceived in a particularly negative way. Others who are very negatively perceived include successful women (though 'women' in general are liked in the same category as the elderly or disabled!), scientists, feminists, Germans and the 'rich'. These are all categories whom those surveyed view with distrust. Imagine being a rich, female, German, scientist!!
Another interesting thing is that of the former Eastern Bloc countries Slovenia, Estonia and Czech Republic are the leaders in terms of social capital whilst the lowest are Lithuania, Latvia and Poland.