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Social Capital: an analytical tool for exploring lifelong learning and community development


Kilpatrick, SI and Field, J and Falk, IH, Social Capital: an analytical tool for exploring lifelong learning and community development, British Educational Research Journal, 29, (3) pp. 417-433. ISSN 0141-1926 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/01411920301859


In her recent contribution to the British Educational Research Journal, Pauline McClenaghan identified the link between social capital and community development, particularly community development education, as a core area where scholarly and policy interests overlap. She concluded that the concept of social capital is unable to grapple with the complex social divisions that characterise contemporary Europe. The authors of this article question her account on three main grounds: the definition of social capital, which they hold is overly narrow, and does not deal with what Woolcock calls the 'linking' role of social networks; the presentation of the theoretical foundations of community development, which they believe is flawed in certain key respects; and a lack of clarity in the relationship between the research and the findings reported. The authors then present their own theoretically informed account of social capital as a means of understanding the role of community development, the challenges that it can face and the role of adult education for community development.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education policy, sociology and philosophy
Research Field:Sociology of education
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kilpatrick, SI (Professor Sue Kilpatrick)
ID Code:27186
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:52
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2010-06-18

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