Social capital and lifelong learning are central to current policy concerns both in the UK and internationally. This book confirms the significance of social capital as an analytical tool, while challenging the basis on which current policy is being developed. It:
* offers a wealth of evidence on a topic that has become central to contemporary government;
* provides a detailed empirical investigation of the relationship between social capital, knowledge creation and lifelong learning;
* relates the findings to wider policy debates;
* questions the dominant theoretical models of social capital; and
* confronts the assumption of many policy makers that the obvious solution to social problems is to 'invest in social capital'.
John Field is Professor of Lifelong Learning at the University of Stirling, where he directs the Division of Academic Innovation and Continuing Education. He has published widely on the education and training of adults.
Introduction; Networks, schooling and learning in adult life; Social connections and adult learning; Rethinking the relationship; What next?