Social Capital and the Neighbourhood
AbstractThe concept of social capital has been used extensively in recent years by both academics and the policy community and is now widely held to be an important determinant of neighbourhood stability and quality of life. Using the central area of Dublin city as a case study, this paper examines the levels of social capital in newly regenerated high density residential neighbourhoods within the central city. These types of neighbourhoods are likely to become increasingly visible on the residential landscape given recent policy emphasis on increasing residential densities in inner urban areas as a means to ensuring a more sustainable development pattern. The results indicate that these neighbourhoods are characterised by a lack of social interaction and community involvement. Issues perceived by residents as explanations for the lack of social capital include the transient nature of the residential population, the lack of family life and conflict between the residents living in these new neighbourhoods and members of more established communities.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Rural Economy and Development Programme,Teagasc in its series Working Papers with number 0823.
Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: 2008
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