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Title: Assets and Affect in the Study of Social Capital in Rural Communities
Authors: Phillips, Martin P.
First Published: 27-Mar-2015
Publisher: Wiley, European Society for Rural Sociology
Citation: Sociologia Ruralis, 2015 (record published before inclusion in an issue)
Abstract: Shucksmith (2012) has recently suggested that rural research might be refreshed by incorporating theoretical insights that have emerged through a renewal of class analysis. This article seeks to advance this proposed research agenda by exploring the concept of asset-based class analysis and its association with the concept of social capital. The article explores connections between social capital, class analysis and understandings of community, noting how all have been associated with long running and unresolved debates. Attention is drawn to the problems of modernist legislative approaches to these debates and the value of adopting more interpretive perspectives. A distinction between ‘infrastructural’ and ‘culturalist’ interpretations of social capital is explored in relation to ‘asset-based’ theorisations of class and culture. It is argued that an infrastructural conception of social capital might usefully be employed in association with a disaggregated conception of cultural capital that includes consideration of emotion and affect, as well as institutional, objectified and technical assets. These arguments are explored using studies of rural communities, largely within Britain.
DOI Link: 10.1111/soru.12085
ISSN: 0038-0199
eISSN: 1467-9523
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015 The Author. Sociologia Ruralis published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of European Society for Rural Sociology. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( ), which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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