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John Field

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346551

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346551.001.0001

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Rethinking the relationship

Rethinking the relationship

(p.101) Four Rethinking the relationship
Social capital and lifelong learning

John Field

Policy Press

This chapter briefly discusses some of Northern Ireland's distinctive characteristics, with a view to establishing the limitations that these might impose on the wider relevance of this study on social capital and learning. It examines the findings from recent research in terms of the relationship between networks and learning. The chapter then evaluates the significance of this study for the understanding of social capital, taking into account some of the changes that are taking place in the way in which people and communities relate to one another. It argues the need for a differentiated rather than a univocal model of social capital when considering the implications for our understanding of learning, particularly in adult life.

Keywords:   Northern Ireland, social capital, learning, adult life, networks, communities

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