Social Capital and Rural Development in the Knowledge Society (New Horizons in Regional Science Series)

Social Capital and Rural Development in the Knowledge Society (New Horizons in Regional Science Series)

By: Kiyoshi Kobayashi (editor), Hans Westlund (editor)Hardback

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Social capital is often considered a key factor for local development. This book analyzes the role of social capital for rural areas' survival and development in the current age of metropolitan growth - an era in which urban is the norm and where rural areas must adapt to this new situation and build innovative urban-rural relations. The traditional division between `rural' and `urban' is no longer valid in the knowledge society. Instead of being a homogeneous unit based on primary sector production, the countryside in the developed world increasingly consists of areas with very different development paths. With examples from Europe, Asia and America, the book discusses building and renewal of rural social capital from both bottom-up and top-down perspectives, and from the standpoint of business, and both the public and private sectors. Being the first book to treat social capital and rural development in the age of megacities and the knowledge economy, it will be of great benefit to academics interested in social capital research and rural development.

About Author

Edited by Hans Westlund, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Joenkoeping International Business School, Joenkoeping, Sweden and Institute for Developmental and Strategic Analysis, Ljubljana, Slovenia and Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Professor, Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University, Japan


Contents: Preface 1. Social Capital and Sustainable Urban-Rural Relationships in the Global Knowledge Society Hans Westlund and Kiyoshi Kobayashi PART I: NEEDS AND PROBLEMS OF BUILDING SOCIAL CAPITAL 2. Forest Governance and Social Capital: Structures and Functions Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Tsuyoshi Hatori and Hayeong Jeong 3. Joint Facilities, Improvement Districts, Clubs and Commons: Towards a Taxonomy of Institutionalised Social Capital Lars Westin and Johanna Zola 4. Foundations of Collective Action: Towards a General Theory Gautam Ray PART II: ANALYSES OF EFFECTS OF SOCIAL CAPITAL 5. Does Social Capital Contribute to Regional Economic Growth? Swedish Experiences Kent Eliasson, Hans Westlund and Stefan Foelster 6. Changes in Social Capital and Community Functions in Depopulated Areas from Case Studies of 12 Communities in the San'in District Katsuhisa Ito 7. Social Capital in Rural Poland: Between Tradition and Social Engineering Anna Gasior-Niemiec 8. Social Capital and Economic Growth in China's Provinces Yuheng Li and Hans Westlund PART III: PROBLEMS OF LOCAL DEVELOPMENT AND RURAL POLICIES 9. Social Capital and Place-based Policy: Aboriginal Communities in Canada M. Rose Olfert and David Natcher 10. What Can Local Policies Do? An Activity Theory Analysis of Municipal Support to Local Innovations Cecilia Waldenstroem 11. Local Responses to Structural Changes: Collective Action for Rural Communities in Sweden Anette Forsberg 12. Collective Actors as Driving Forces for Mobilizing Social Capital in a Local Community: What Can be Learned for Health Promotion? Malin Eriksson, Lars Dahlgren and Maria Emmelin 13. Social Capital for Sustainable Rural Regions: The Roles of Voluntary Association-Mediated Public Service Hayeong Jeong, Kiyoshi Kobayashi and Hans Westlund Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781782540595
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 352
  • ID: 9781782540595
  • ISBN10: 1782540598

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