A Dynamic Balance illuminates the importance of understanding
the social dimension of sustainability as it examines the links
between social capital and sustainable development within the overall
context of local community development. Looking at case studies in both
Australia and Canada, it draws upon lessons that can be learned to
reconnect large urban centres and smaller communities. Given the number
of small communities in both countries struggling to diversify from
single-resource economies in a context of increasing globalization, the
analysis touches on several critical public policy issues. This is a
timely and provocative call for reconciliation and reconnection within
and between communities.
Ann Dale is a professor in the Science, Technology, and Environment Division at Royal Roads University. She is a Trudeau Fellow, and a Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development. Jenny Onyx is the director of the Centre for Australian Community Organisation and Management at the University of Technology in Sydney.
Foreword / Richard A. Skinner Introduction / Jenny Onyx Part 1: Vision 1. Social Capital and Sustainable Community Development: Is There a Relationship? / Ann Dale Part 2: Connections 2. Ecological and Social Systems: Essential System Conditions / Vivienne Wilson 3. Social Ecology as a Framework for Understanding and Working with Social Capital and Sustainability within Rural Communities / Stuart B. Hill Part 3: Actions 4. Enabling Structures for Coordinated Action: Community Organizations, Social Capital, and Rural Community Sustainability / Jo Barraket 5. Negotiating Interorganizational Domains: The Politics of Social, Natural, and Symbolic Capital / Suzanne Benn and Jenny Onyx 6. Modelling Social Capital in a Remote Australian Indigenous Community / Paul Memmott and Anne Meltzer 7. Stones: Social Capital in Canadian Aboriginal Communities / Lesley Moody and Isabel Cordua-von Specht 8. Communities of Practice for Building Social Capital in Rural Australia: A Case Study of ExecutiveLink / Sue Kilpatrick and Frank Vanclay 9. Social Capital and the Sustainability of Rural or Remote Communities: Evidence from the Australian Community Survey / Alan Black and Philip Hughes 10. Social Capital and Sustainable Development: The Case of Broken Hill / Jenny Onyx and Lynelle Osburn 11. Social Capital Mobilization for Ecosystem Conservation / Jennie Sparkes 12. Values, Social Acceptability, and Social Capital: The Canadian Nuclear Waste Disposal Case / Grant Sheng 13. The Challenges of Traditional Models of Governance in the Creation of Social Capital / Tony Boydell Part 4: Assessing Progress 14. Exciting the Collective Imagination / James Tansey Conclusion: Reflections / Ann Dale Contributors Index