It takes a village to raise a child: Building social capital in safe and cohesive neighbourhood

Sheau Tsuey Chong, (2007) It takes a village to raise a child: Building social capital in safe and cohesive neighbourhood. e-BANGI: Jurnal Sains Sosial dan Kemanusiaan, 2 (2). p. 12. ISSN 1823-884x


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A vibrant and close-knit community is always associated with norms of trust and reciprocity with friendly neighbours in order to produce generalised social capital for the wider society. The researcher argues that the experience of long term interaction among neighbours, neighbourhood safety and cohesion and an active neighbourhood environment all contribute to social capital among neighbours. As a result, young people become more trusting in and reciprocative with people in general. Young Australians and permanent residents aged 16 to 25 (n=283) participated in this study through an online survey. The findings support previous literature, which found cohesive neighbours are more trusting than less cohesive neighbours. The results also indicate that the young people who perceived their neighbourhood as safe were relatively more trusting than those who perceived their neighbourhood as less safe. These suggest that creating neighbourhood „togetherness‟ and preventions of crime promotes could promote more neighbourhood social capital. In turn, young people enjoy more generalised social capital in the wider society

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Young people; social cohesion; neighbourhood social capital; community; trust and reciprocity; perceived neighbourhood safety
Journal:e-Bangi ; Jurnal Sains Sosial dan Kemanusiaan
ID Code:1530
Deposited By: Ms. Nor Ilya Othman
Deposited On:27 May 2011 07:30
Last Modified:14 Dec 2016 06:29

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