Measuring community strength and social capital

Stimson, Robert, Western, John, Baum, Scott and Van Gellecum, Yolanda (2003). Measuring community strength and social capital. In: W. Glatzer, European Regional Science Association: ERSA 2003 Congress, Jyvaskyla, Finland, (). 27 - 30 August 2003.

Author Stimson, Robert
Western, John
Baum, Scott
Van Gellecum, Yolanda
Title of paper Measuring community strength and social capital
Conference name European Regional Science Association: ERSA 2003 Congress
Conference location Jyvaskyla, Finland
Conference dates 27 - 30 August 2003
Publication Year 2003
Sub-type Fully published paper
Editor W. Glatzer
Total pages 39
Collection year 2003
Abstract/Summary In 2001/02 five case study communities in both metropolitan and regional urban locations in Australia were chosen as test sites to develop measures of community strength on four domains: natural capital; produced economic capital; human capital; and social and institutional capital. Secondary data sources were used to develop measures on the first three domains. For the fourth domain social and institutional capital primary data collection was undertaken through sample surveys of households. A structured approach was devised. This involved developing a survey instrument using scaled items relating to four elements: formal norms; informal norms; formal structures; and informal structures which embrace the concepts of trust, reciprocity, bonds, bridges, links and networks in the interaction of individuals with their community inherent in the notion social capital. Exploratory principal components analysis was used to identify factors that measure those aspects of social and institutional capital, with confirmatory analysis conducted using Cronbach's Alpha. This enabled the construction of four primary scales and 15 sub-scales as a tool for measuring social and institutional capital. Further analyses reveals that two measures anomie and perceived quality of life and wellbeing relate to certain primary scales of social capital.
Subjects EX
370104 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
759900 Other Social Development and Community Services
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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