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The well-connected communityA networking approach to community development$
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Alison Gilchrist

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420565

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420565.001.0001

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Community networks: their significance and value

Community networks: their significance and value

(p.1) ONE Community networks: their significance and value
The well-connected community

Alison Gilchrist

Policy Press

This chapter begins with an exploration of how networks contribute to community life, individual well-being and collective survival strategies. The section on social capital includes a consideration of collective efficacy, community cohesion and integration, and the community dimensions of policy have been brought up to date. The model of the ‘well-connected community’ argues that community development has a role to play in helping people to make connections that are useful and empowering and, in particular, it addresses how to overcome or dismantle some of the obstacles that prevent people from communicating and co-operating with one another.

Keywords:   community networks, collective survival, social capital, community development

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