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Social capital meets identity : Aboriginality in an urban setting

Brough, Mark K., Bond, Chelsea, Hunt, Julian, Jenkins, David, Shannon, Cindy, & Schubert, Lisa (2006) Social capital meets identity : Aboriginality in an urban setting. Journal of Sociology, 42(4), pp. 396-411.

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Abstract

This paper reports on a qualitative study of social capital within an urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander context. Using data generated from 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants in focus-group discussions and in-depth interviews collected by Aboriginal community development workers, this paper describes two worlds of social capital available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The primary source of bonding social capital comes from family and wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community connections. In the context of an oppressive history, a second world of bridging social capital remains elusive to many Indigenous Australians. Our findings suggest that to understand the tensions between the two social capitals requires an engagement with the complexities of identity. We argue it is vital to explore the texture of social capital, rather than just measure volume.

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ID Code: 6651
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: social capital, Aboriginal, identity
DOI: 10.1177/1440783306069996
ISSN: 1741-2978
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society (169902)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Past > Schools > Social Work & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Sage Publications
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 20 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:25

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