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Title: Social capital in action in urban environments: an intersection of theory, research and practice literature
Authors: Paranagamage, Primali
Austin, Simon A.
Price, Andrew D.F.
Khandokar, Fahmida
Keywords: Urban development
Social capital
Urban design attributes
Intersection of theory
Research and practice guidance
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: PARANAGAMAGE, P., AUSTIN, S.A., PRICE, A.D.F. ... et al., 2010. Social capital in action in urban environments: an intersection of theory, research and practice literature. Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability, 3 (3), pp. 231–252. Special Issue: The Second International Conference on Whole Life Urban Sustainability and its Assessment, 22–24 April 2009.
Abstract: This paper attempts to widen our understanding of the relationship between social capital and the physical environment through an exploration of the intersection of theory, urban design practitioner guidance and empirical research on social capital that considers the built environment as a variable. Theory suggests that social capital in a neighbourhood can grow over time, and that stability of residency and opportunity for social interaction can help to establish the bonds, bridges and networks that build trust and participation. The content analysis of a selection of literature on urban design guidance revealed 12 recurrent attributes that help people to live, work and relax and thus encourage formal or informal interaction and longer‐term residency in the area in which they live, and hence the growth of social capital. As urban design guidance does not use such a term, these attributes were substantiated through reference to empirical research and social capital theory. This exercise gives a better understanding of the specificities of environmental variables, aiding our conceptualization of social capital. If we aspire to assessment tools that incorporate knowledge of predictable relationships between the variables concerned, then it becomes clear there is a long way to go in developing our understanding of the interplay of urban development and social capital.
Description: This article is closed access. It was published in the Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability [© Taylor & Francis] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17549175.2010.526374
Version: Corrected
DOI: 10.1080/17549175.2010.526374
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/8990
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17549175.2010.526374
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