Social capital and its popularity Thompson, Denise Anne en_US 2021-11-25T16:31:38Z 2021-11-25T16:31:38Z 2009 en_US
dc.description.abstract Abstract: The concept of ‘social capital’ has met with huge success among governmental agencies, including governments at all levels and transnational entities such as the World Bank. And yet the concept has been subjected to a devastating critique. This paper investigates a number of reasons given in the literature for its popularity. It starts with a brief overview of the social policy context in Australia, where the social capital framework has been influential. It goes on to discuss some of the reasons for the framework’s popularity, both admiring, e.g. it broadens our understanding of community well-being beyond the economic, and critical, e.g. it ignores the power of (real) capital. The paper concludes by suggesting that 'social capital' continues to prevail, despite its dubious epistemological status, because it serves a useful ideological function for (real) capital. en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other capitalism en_US
dc.subject.other social capital en_US
dc.subject.other social policy en_US
dc.subject.other welfare state en_US
dc.subject.other academic standards en_US
dc.title Social capital and its popularity en_US
dc.type Working Paper en
dcterms.accessRights open access
dspace.entity.type Publication en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Thompson, Denise Anne, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW en_US Social Policy Research Centre *
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