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Community action and planningContexts, drivers and outcomes$
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Nick Gallent and Daniela Ciaffi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447315162

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447315162.001.0001

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Communities, networks and social capital

Communities, networks and social capital

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(p.21) 2 Communities, networks and social capital
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Community action and planning
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Yvonne Rydin

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447315162.003.0002

This chapter explores the dynamics by which a group of people come together to develop and implement a vision for their locality. It uses the concepts of networks and social capital to understand these dynamics more fully. It begins by building on the discussion of the previous chapter on the nature of communities. It then considers communities as networks and explores the concept of social capital. It looks at how to define the concept, the different ways in which social capital generates impacts (positive and negative) and, finally, the factors that can help shape social capital and those impacts.

Keywords:   community, networks, social capital, collective action, power

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