Measuring community strength and social capital

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Title Measuring community strength and social capital
Author Western, John; Stimson, Robert; Baum, Scott; Gellecum, Yolanda van
Journal Name Regional Studies
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Abingdon, UK
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Measuring community strength and social capital, Regional Studies 39 , 1095-1109. Five case study communities in both metropolitan and regional urban locations in Australia are used as test sites to develop measures of 'community strength' on four domains: Natural Capital; Produced Economic Capital; Human Capital; and Social and Institutional Capital. The paper focuses on the fourth domain. Sample surveys of households in the five case study communities used a survey instrument with scaled items to measure four aspects of social capital - formal norms, informal norms, formal structures and informal structures - that embrace the concepts of trust, reciprocity, bonds, bridges, links and networks in the interaction of individuals with their community inherent in the notion social capital. Exploratory principal components analysis is used to identify factors that measure those aspects of social and institutional capital, while a confirmatory analysis based on Cronbach's explores the robustness of the measures. Four primary scales and 15 subscales are identified when defining the domain of social and institutional capital. Further analysis reveals that two measures - anomie, and perceived quality of life and wellbeing - relate to certain primary scales of social capital.
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Volume 39
Issue Number 8
Page from 1095
Page to 1109
ISSN 0034-3404
Date Accessioned 2006-07-11
Language en_AU
Research Centre Population and Social Health Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Environmental Sciences
Subject Urban and Regional Studies
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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