Social participation and social capital in South Yorkshire Coalfield Communities

GILBERTSON, J. and MANNING, J. (2006). Social participation and social capital in South Yorkshire Coalfield Communities. Voluntary action, 8 (1), 22-38.


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This article draws on responses from a 2004 survey of 3771 residents in nine South Yorkshire coalfield communities to explore levels of social participation and the relationship between social participation and social capital. The survey provides a relatively unusual data source as, in addition to collecting information about levels of participation, it elicits the type(s) of groups residents are involved with. The article provides two key messages for policy-makers and practitioners. The first relates to the findings and indicates that particular components of social capital are associated with particular types of social participation. The second relates to the survey methodology and demonstrates the importance of establishing the type(s) of groups that residents are involved with when examining levels of social participation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Voluntary Action, 8 (1), 2006 by the Institute for Volunteering.
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Page Range: 22-38
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2009
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 14:30

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