Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Honours


School of Community Services and Social Science


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

First Supervisor

Dr Chris Griffin


The concept of social capital is investigated in this thesis both in its theoretical and potential social policy environment Pierre Bourdicu 's 'Theory of Practice' provides the theoretical frame within which this concept is investigated. A variety of texts, with a particular focus on Australian publications, provide the basis for further application analysis. This is primarily a textual research therefore data gathering procedures were library based. Being a theoretical analysis of the current status of social capital, as it relates to prospective social policy reform in Australia, this thesis both collates and contributes to a body of knowledge regarding the implications and applications of this concept Applications of the concept are varied. Several major implications are suggested as a result of the integrative nature of social capital theory in the social policy environment.