Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Elsevier

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Psychology

RAS ID

3220

Comments

This article was originally published as: Pooley, J. , Cohen, L. , & Pike, L. (2005). Can sense of community inform social capital?. The Social Science Journal, 42(1), 71-79. Original article available here

Abstract

This paper examines the theoretical linkage between social capital and sense of community through research studies within four contextual areas. Social capital (SC) can be conceptualized as all the interactions between individuals in a community, and has been examined in various groups and communities. Sense of community (SoC) is a psychological construct that we argue is a correlate of social capital. Sense of community reflects the feelings of attachment and belonging that an individual has towards a community. Through qualitative and quantitative research carried out across the lifespan in four communities in Western Australia (i.e., Perth community, adolescent Jewish community, urban and rural communities, and primary school community), this paper utilizes SoC as a framework for investigating ways in which SC may be realized in communities. The significance of this paper highlights the practical application of increasing SC within communities through targeting SoC within individuals.

DOI

10.1016/j.soscij.2004.11.006

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10.1016/j.soscij.2004.11.006