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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, vol. 8, no. 5 , pp. 501-512 , doi: 10.1080/1354983032000143662.

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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

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kilpatrick, S and Falk, I
Keywords: Social capital Learning in agriculture
Journal or Publication Title: Local Environment
ISSN: 1354-9839
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/1354983032000143662
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