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'I've always managed, that's what we do': Social capital and women's experiences of social exclusion

Gosling, VK 2008, ''I've always managed, that's what we do': Social capital and women's experiences of social exclusion' , Sociological Research Online, 13 (1) .

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Abstract

It is evident that the concept of 'social capital' has recently come to the forefront of many governmental strategies aimed at combating social exclusion. In particular the interpretation of social capital used by many authors and agencies is one that emphasises the importance of not only social networks and contacts, but also a social responsibility to one's local community and wider society. Most notably it is poor people and poorer neighbourhoods that are seen to be lacking in these forms of social capital, and therefore emphasis is placed upon individual and community responsibility for tackling their own (and other's) exclusion. Drawing on in-depth interviews with women living on a deprived inner-city housing estate in the north of England, this research considers existing practices, forms and gendered nature of social capital for these women. The paper concludes that contrary to popular beliefs, many of these women already possessed forms of social capital, and specifically, that this was beneficial in helping them cope and 'get by' within their everyday experiences of social exclusion. This research highlights the potential exclusionary nature of social capital for certain individuals and the limitations of social capital in helping excluded women to escape their poverty.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Research
Journal or Publication Title: Sociological Research Online
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1360-7804
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2011 10:41
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2014 10:58
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/19144

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