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Kilpatrick, S and Abbott-Chapman, J 2005 , 'Community efficacy and social capital', paper presented at the 2nd Future of Australia's Country Towns, 11-13 July 2005, LaTrobe University, Bendigo.

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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.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Authors/Creators:Kilpatrick, S and Abbott-Chapman, J
Keywords: Social capital, Rural communities, community efficacy
Publisher: LaTrobe University
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