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Title: Midlothian Befrienders’ Cross-Generational Networking across the School Community Divide to Build Social Capital

Author (s):  Martha Weir, Rae Goode, Andrew McDonald

Abstract:  Social capital is a designer social science concept that is very much in academic and popular vogue. Indeed, in recent years there has been a proliferation of theoretical articles in academia lauding the veracity of social capital as a “silver bullet,” explain all, cure all phenomena. However, it seems that little work has been undertaken on linking the theory of social capital to work in practice in the field of community learning and development. This article aims to redress the balance in some way by offering an analysis of social capital in terms of a “work in progress” at an intergenerational school/seniors’ community project in Midlothian, Scotland, where the theory of social capital is informing practice and thinking of the staff of Midlothian Befrienders and vice versa.

Category: Building Social Capital

Keywords: social capital, community development, intergenerational work, schools, community learning, intergenerational programming, volunteering

Reference: Weir, M., Goode, R.  and Mcdonald, A. (2010). Midlothian Befrienders’ Cross-Generational Networking across the School Community Divide to Build Social Capital. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 8(1): 69–78.

Peer-reviewed journal: yes

Link to Full Texthttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15350770903520684
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