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ERIC Number: EJ799999
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Better Together?
Crowther, Jim; Tett, Lyn; Edwards, Vivien
Adults Learning, v19 n1 p24-26 Sep 2007
One of the big ideas of recent policy interventions has been that of developing social capital in communities to help regenerate them. This is welcome because it involves a widening of concerns from the narrow focus on human capital underpinning much lifelong learning policy discourse. However, there are doubts about the meaning of social capital and what, if anything, it actually contributes to social change. In the small Scottish study considered in this article, the authors explore what difference social capital made to community groups in terms of the distribution of power because, if regeneration is to be a reality, marginalised groups will need the capacity and resources to act in their own interests. In this research the authors framed their interview questions drawing on Lukes' (1974) three-dimensional view of power as a guide. The first dimension involves the power of individuals and groups to achieve favourable decisions for themselves. The second dimension is the ability of powerful groups to limit what are deemed to be legitimate grievances. Subordinate groups may have genuine concerns and problems but those in power are able to muffle and ignore their claims when decisions are made. The third dimension refers to the broader social and cultural exercise of power that shapes attitudes and expectations so that people accept systematic inequalities as natural or inevitable. People do not articulate wrongs that need righting.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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