The impact of privacy on social capital

Buys, Laurie & Bow, Valmai (2002) The impact of privacy on social capital. In Proceeding of the Social Change in the 21st Century Conference, 22 November 2002, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.

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Currently there is wide spread support for the notion that communities need to create social capital if they want to remain sustainable. Research reveals the importance of engaging communities in collective action in an appropriate manner and of understanding the essence of every community. Each community is unique and will hold different perspectives and approaches to community problems, so behaviour change tools need to engage people at the grass roots level.----- The purpose of the study is to investigate the connection between high levels of privacy and social capital. The Highland Park study was undertaken to investigate the concept of sustainable communities within an ecological and social context exploring factors that may impact on water quality in neighbourhoods with medium to low-density housing. This paper discusses a proportion of the data gathered in the first phase of the study. The methodology was developed with reference to McKenzie’s (2001) community based marketing model, which involves working with the local community to identify barriers to sustainable behaviour. The first phase of the study utilised a focus group methodology and participant volunteers were drawn from the Highland Park catchment area at the Gold Coast.----- Privacy is an important human need and residents appeared to engage in a high degree of privacy behaviours in order to achieve their desired level of social interaction. Analysis revealed the importance of privacy in neighbourhood characteristics; in acts of neighbouring (social capital); in the degree of interactions with neighbours and what residents liked about their current home. However, the preliminary data suggested a possible connection between high levels of privacy and decreased social capital.

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ID Code: 21258
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: This is a refereed conference paper.-----
The authors would like to acknowledge the assistance and support we have received for this research from Ms Gail Broome and Mr Evan Thomas of the Gold Coast City Council and from Mr Simon Ginn of the Queensland Department of Public Works.
Keywords: social capital, community development, social sustainability
ISBN: 1741070031
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology not elsewhere classified (160899)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 18 Jun 2009 01:41
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:45

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