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Social Capital And Rural Development In The Knowledge Society

Hans Westlund , Kiyoshi Kobayashi

Edited by Hans Westlund, Professor, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology and Jönköping University, Sweden and Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Professor, Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University, Japan

2013 352 pp Hardback 978 1 78254 059 5
ebook isbn 978 1 78254 060 1

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Series: New Horizons in Regional Science series



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‘This amazingly surprising book takes the popular topic of social capital and provocatively examines the contemporary rural development issue. New social capital driven thinking and insights are applied globally from a conceptual frame and locally with examples. The way forward for both urban and rural development is achieved when the variables that define social capital are simultaneously balanced around focused development objectives. Examples show how a multidimensional view of social capital enables meaningful rural development.’
– Roger R. Stough, George Mason University, US

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Contributors: L. Dahlgren, K. Eliasson, M. Emmelin, M. Eriksson, S. Fölster, A. Forsberg, A. Gasior-Niemiec, T. Hatori, K. Ito, H. Jeong, K. Kobayashi, Y. Li, D. Natcher, M.R. Olfert, G. Ray, C. Waldenström, L. Westin, H. Westlund, J. Zola

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‘This book by Westlund and Kobayashi emphasises the fact that the gap between urban and rural areas is no longer relevant today: all places and regions are under a strong influence from cities. The authors show in a straightforward way that the continuum between more and less urbanized places requires new types of regulations, based on innovation and local skills, and that rural policies cannot be based on agriculture only but primarily require the mobilization of local social capital links.’
– André Torre, INRA – Agroparistech, Paris, France

‘“Rural” communities are not all resource dependent and very low-density places. Not all have people leaving in droves and no newcomers. This book’s theoretical arguments and case studies (from five countries) help one understand better the diversity of “rural”. We find population gainers, population losers; newcomers and long-term “stayers” together in sizable towns; Aboriginal communities where out-migration is limited. The diversity is a key dimension in the analyses of public and private action to build and maintain social capital.’
– Roger E. Bolton, Williams College, US

‘This amazingly surprising book takes the popular topic of social capital and provocatively examines the contemporary rural development issue. New social capital driven thinking and insights are applied globally from a conceptual frame and locally with examples. The way forward for both urban and rural development is achieved when the variables that define social capital are simultaneously balanced around focused development objectives. Examples show how a multidimensional view of social capital enables meaningful rural development.’
– Roger R. Stough, George Mason University, US

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.

Full table of contents

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 Fölster

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 Waldenström

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

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