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Whither Social Capital? Past, Present and Future

Call for papers

Families & Social Capital ESRC Research Group
6 - 7 April 2005
London South Bank University

An international and multidisciplinary conference for:
• Researchers conducting theoretical and empirical research addressing issues of social capital;
• Policy-makers and practitioners working in the field of social cohesion and social inclusion.

In recent years, social capital has become a key concept in academic theories and research, and a framework for guiding policymaking. Arguably, it allows a focus on social relationships, the values held, and access to resources in families, communities, regions and even nations. But does the concept hide more than it illuminates? Has it replaced past theories that were more able to explain the nature of social life? Are there new concepts developing that are better able to address the diversity and complexity of contemporary social, economic and political life?

Plenary speakers are Barbara Arneil (University of British Columbia), Frank Furstenberg (University of Pennsylvania) and Mike Savage (University of Manchester). They will focus on aspects of the past, present and future of social capital as a concept and policy guide. In addition, we are calling for submissions for paper presentations addressing:
• social justice and social welfare
• social solidarity and social movements
• diversity and citizenship
• families and communities
• the economy and globalisation

The deadline for submission of abstracts of up to 200 words is 1 September 2004.

Abstracts should be submitted, by email to: Jane Williams.

For further information, please contact Jane Williams, or visit the Families & Social Capital ESRC Research Group website.


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