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Learning in Agriculture: building social capital in island communities

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Kilpatrick, S and Falk, I (2003) Learning in Agriculture: building social capital in island communities. Local Environment, 8 (5). pp. 501-512. ISSN 1354-9839

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Abstract

Social capital helps communities respond positively to change. Research in agricultural businesses and into managing change through learning in communities has highlighted the importance of relationships between people and the formal and informal infrastructure of communities to the quality of outcomes experienced by communities, businesses and individuals. Communities can be geographic communities - the data drawn on in this paper are from an island community, for example or communities-of-common-purpose, such as agricultural organisations. This paper reviews research into managing change through learning and social capital, presents a model of the simultaneous building and use of social capital and explores the ways in which learning as part of an agricultural community can be used to bring benefits to geographic communities such as islands. The model presented in this paper stems from studies of the informal learning process that builds resilient communities. It conceptualises the way in which social capital is used and built in interactions between individuals. There are two stages to the model. The first stage depicts social capital at the micro level of one-on-one interactions where it is built and used. The second stage of the model is about the interrelationship of micro-level social capital processes with the community and societal-level social capital resources.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Social capital Learning in agriculture
Journal or Publication Title: Local Environment
Page Range: pp. 501-512
ISSN: 1354-9839
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1080/1354983032000143662
Additional Information: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/carfax/13549839.html
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:13
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/876
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