A Dynamic Balance aims to illustrate the links between two normally disparate literatures -social capital and sustainable development -within the overall context of local community development. Since the social dimension of sustainable development is the least understood of what are often viewed as its three imperatives (the other two being the ecological and economic), the book illuminates the importance of understanding this dimension and how it can be mobilized at the community level. This is shown by applied research in a number of small, predominantly rural Australian and Canadian communities.Given the number of small communities in both countries struggling to diversify from single-resource economies in a context of increasing globalization, this topic touches on several critical public policy issues. The contributors argue that the key strategies for communities to respond to the issues they are facing must be embedded in the dialectics of sustainable development. Unless this critical imperative is met, single-resource economy communities will continue to face ecological, social, and economic collapse.
Ann Dale is a professor in the Science, Technology,and Environment Division at Royal Roads University. She is a TrudeauFellow, and a Canada Research Chair in Sustainable CommunityDevelopment. Jenny Onyx is the director of the Centrefor Australian Community Organisation and Management at the Universityof Technology in Sydney.
Foreword / Richard A. Skinner Introduction / Jenny Onyx Part 1: Vision 1. Social Capital and Sustainable Community Development: Is There aRelationship? / 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 withSocial Capital and Sustainability within Rural Communities / StuartB. Hill Part 3: Actions 4. Enabling Structures for Coordinated Action: CommunityOrganizations, Social Capital, and Rural Community Sustainability /Jo Barraket 5. Negotiating Interorganizational Domains: The Politics of Social,Natural, and Symbolic Capital / Suzanne Benn and JennyOnyx 6. Modelling Social Capital in a Remote Australian IndigenousCommunity / 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 RuralAustralia: A Case Study of ExecutiveLink / Sue Kilpatrick and FrankVanclay 9. Social Capital and the Sustainability of Rural or RemoteCommunities: Evidence from the Australian Community Survey / AlanBlack and Philip Hughes 10. Social Capital and Sustainable Development: The Case of BrokenHill / Jenny Onyx and Lynelle Osburn 11. Social Capital Mobilization for Ecosystem Conservation /Jennie Sparkes 12. Values, Social Acceptability, and Social Capital: The CanadianNuclear Waste Disposal Case / Grant Sheng 13. The Challenges of Traditional Models of Governance in theCreation of Social Capital / Tony Boydell Part 4: Assessing Progress 14. Exciting the Collective Imagination / James Tansey Conclusion: Reflections / Ann Dale Contributors Index