Area-based initiatives – and their work in bonding, bridging and linking social capital

Annika Agger, Jesper Ole Jensen

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In this article, we provide a conceptual and argumentative framework for studying how Area-based Initiatives (ABIs) can facilitate contact between networks in deprived neighbourhoods and external forms of power (linking social capital). These relations provide the residents and other members of civil society with crucial access to leveraging resources, ideas and information. Although few studies on linking social capital have been carried out in relation to urban regeneration, there is empirical evidence that suggests that it can play a positive role in establishing trust and relations between civil society and a municipality. We set out with a review of how social capital literature has been applied in an urban context, and then demonstrate empirical examples from Denmark of how, in different contexts (village, town and city), ABIs have facilitated processes that generated different forms of social capital (bridging, bonding and linking). The article concludes that ABIs contribute to creating linking social capital, but the extent of the contribution depends on the level of bonding and bridging social capital in the area. We argue that public planners as well as evaluators of the ABIs should increase their awareness about the potentials of an ABI to create linking social capital in deprived neighbourhoods
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Volume23
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)2045-2061
Number of pages16
ISSN0965-4313
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Area-based initiatives – and their work in bonding, bridging and linking social capital. / Agger, Annika; Jensen, Jesper Ole.

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