Connections: the contribution of social capital to regional development

McShane, Connar Jo, Turnour, Jim, Thompson, Michelle, Dale, Allan, Prideaux, Bruce, and Atkinson, Margaret (2016) Connections: the contribution of social capital to regional development. Rural Society, 25 (2). pp. 154-169.

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This article explores perceptions of social capital and sustainability of farming and its contribution to regional development. A review of the literature highlights challenges in the operationalization of social capital as a development tool and the limits of research that gauges community perceptions of the role of social capital in their region's development. The current study investigated stakeholder attitudes regarding regional development within a target region in North Queensland, Australia. Focus groups were conducted at regional, state and national levels. Findings suggest stakeholders perceived social capital to be important for farming sustainability and regional development, but thought it could variously help or hinder effective development. Future research should embrace social capital as a multi-dimensional construct with positive and negative implications for regional development depending on stage and context.

Item ID: 44629
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1037-1656
Keywords: bonding, bridging, rural Australia, farm sustainability, regional growth
Funders: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC)
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2016 23:03
FoR Codes: 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3002 Agriculture, land and farm management > 300210 Sustainable agricultural development @ 50%
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520501 Community psychology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9101 Macroeconomics > 910103 Economic Growth @ 40%
91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9102 Microeconomics > 910211 Supply and Demand @ 30%
91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910403 Marketing @ 30%
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