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Community efficacy and social capital

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posted on 2023-05-26, 08:29 authored by Kilpatrick, S, Abbott-Chapman, J
It has been suggested that the quantity and quality of a community's social capital has a\ large impact on that community's capacity to manage change. Despite many attempts,\ social capital remains notoriously difficult to measure. There is general consensus that\ social capital is the 'property' of a community or collective, yet in measurement\ frameworks social capital is normally aggregated up across individuals and different\ levels. Communities are not homogeneous; we argue that the differential capacity of\ various groups within the community to participate should be considered. Any measure\ of community social capital must take account of the diversity of the community and\ potentially unequal access of groups and individuals to community social capital: the\ nature and quality of opportunities is not uniform. Further, the validity of social capital\ depends in fact on its contextualisation - social capital resources that are effective in\ one context are not necessarily effective in another.



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