Health, well-being and social capital

Judith Sixsmith, Margaret Boneham

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The concept of social capital is examined in this chapter, focusing on the key components of participation, trust and reciprocity, and social networks of bonding, bridging and linking ties. This is set in the context of recent critical debates. The value of social capital in understanding individual and community health and well-being is then explored, taking into account recent qualitative and quantitative research. Finally, the implications of social capital for policy development are considered and recommendations made for the promotion of health-enhancing communities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWell-Being
Subtitle of host publicationIndividual, Community and Social Perspectives
EditorsJohn Haworth, Graham Hart
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780230287624
ISBN (Print)9781349280032
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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