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Rural Resilience and Prosperity. Edition No. 1
- ID: 1911462
- February 2009
- 372 Pages
- VDM Publishing House
‘Society centred’ interpretations of social capital
are inadequate to explain the economic fortunes and
social prosperity of rural Australian communities.
This research sought to assess the relationship
between different interpretations of social capital
and rural communities’ resilience and prosperity.
The primary objective was to test the association
asserted between levels of social capital and
prosperity and resilience in the rural Australian
The research highlights three notable issues.
Surveying social capital with society-centred
approaches is only effective in establishing the well
being of communities which relates to their
resilience, not an ability to prosper. Secondly, the
responsibilities for social capital generation
adopted by governments dictates the manner and degree
to which they acknowledge and utilise bridging and
linking networks, affecting the role social capital
is perceived to play in communities. Lastly, while
social capital is regarded as a normative social
factor, rather than being comprised of different and
dynamic elements affecting communities’ ability to
prosper, the concept will remain unable to
effectively contribute to the policy domain.
A consulting Social Scientist with extensive experience in rural
community capacity building, Kate currently manages the social
science research program for the Australian Fisheries Research
and Development Corporation, while also consulting in a numnber
of other resource industries and a member of a several academic