Enabling structures for coordinated action: community organizations, social capital, and rural community sustainability
Source TitleA dynamic balance: social capital and sustainable community development
PublisherUniversity of British Columbia Press
University of Melbourne Author/sBARRAKET, Jo
AffiliationArts: Education Policy and Management
Document TypeBook Chapter
CitationsBarraket, J. (2005). Enabling structures for coordinated action: community organizations, social capital, and rural community sustainability. In A. Dale, & J. Onyx (Eds.), A dynamic balance: social capital and sustainable community development (pp. 71-86). Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.
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Throughout Australia, as in other countries, rural communities are responding to the local effects of economic, political, and social restructuring. While federal and state governments have historically taken a “top down” regional economic development approach in this country, there is now a growing emphasis being placed on the role of local actors in achieving effective responses to community challenges across economic, social, and environmental indicators. The concept of social capital - which, drawing on Putnam, Leonardi, and Nanetti’s (1993, 167) definitions, constitutes “those features of social organisation, such as trust, norms, and networks, that can improve the efficiency of society by facilitating coordinated actions” - has gained increasing popularity in policy discourses that seek to locate effective responses to global problems within local community.
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