Social capital and neighbourhood centres in Queensland : qualitative case studies of three neighbourhood centres

Crnic, Milan (2012) Social capital and neighbourhood centres in Queensland : qualitative case studies of three neighbourhood centres. Professional Doctorate thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This research paper examines the potential of neighbourhood centres to generate and enhance social capital through their programs, activities, membership associations and community engagement. Social capital is a complex concept involving elements of norms, networks, and trust and is generally seen as enhancing community cohesion and the ability to attain common goals (outlined in more detail in Section 3). The aim of this research project is to describe the nature of social capital formation in terms of development and change in norms, networks and trust within the context of the operations of neighbourhood centres in three Queensland locations (i.e., Sherwood, Kingston/Slacks Creek, and Maleny). The study was prompted by surprisingly little research into how neighbourhood centres and their clients contribute to the development of social capital. Considering the large volume of research on the role of community organisations in building social capital, it is remarkable that perhaps the most obvious organisation with 'social capitalist' intentions has received so little attention (apart from Bullen and Onyx, 2005). Indeed, ostensibly, neighbourhood centres are all about social capital.

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ID Code: 63621
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Supervisor: Brough, Mark
Keywords: neighbourhood centres, Queensland
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 22 Oct 2013 01:47
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2017 14:44

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