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Complex Cultures: rereading the story about health and social capital

MacKian, Sara (2002). Complex Cultures: rereading the story about health and social capital. Critical Social Policy, 22(2) pp. 203–225.

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Abstract

The concept of social capital has precipitated burgeoning debate and exciting opportunities for public health research. However, it would seem that as the debate has been formed it has focused almost exclusively on the way in which formal agencies can work in partnership to help 'local communities' build their social capital. There has been little exploration of how these agencies themselves may be a site for the development or erosion of social capital, or of the complex interplay between organizational culture and social capital. This article suggests that this is an important area to explore in our attempts to understand social capital within contemporary society and the role it may play in improving public health.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0261-0183
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 11900
Depositing User: Sara MacKian
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2008 15:00
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:13
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/11900
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