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Volunteering and social capital in regional Victoria

Bailey, Susan, Savage, Sally and O`Connell, Beverly 2003, Volunteering and social capital in regional Victoria, Australian journal on volunteering, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 5-12.

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Title Volunteering and social capital in regional Victoria
Author(s) Bailey, Susan
Savage, Sally
O`Connell, Beverly
Journal name Australian journal on volunteering
Volume number 8
Issue number 2
Start page 5
End page 12
Publisher Volunteering Australia
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1325-8362
1836-0246
Keyword(s) Voluntarism -- Australia
Volunteers -- Australia
Summary The link between volunteerism and social capital has received some attention in Australia in recent years. Of particular note to this paper is the work of Baum, Bush, Modra, Murray, Cox, Alexander, and Potter (2000), who described the contribution volunteers made to social capital in a metropolitan setting - the western suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. The aim of this current study is twofold, to describe the contribution volunteers make to social capital through participation, reciprocity and social trust in a regional and rural setting; and to compare findings with those relating to a metropolitan environment. In the light of differing volunteer patterns in rural and regional environments compared to metropolitan environments, we hypothesised that the relationship between volunteerism and indicators of social capital would also be different. The results from this study support the findings of Baum, Modra, Bush, Cox, Cooke, and Potter (1999) and therefore reinforce the premise that volunteers make a substantial. contribution to social capital. While greater numbers of people who live in rural or regional areas undertake volunteer work, we found there are more similarities between the rural/regional and metropolitan sectors regarding volunteerism than there are differences.
Language eng
Field of Research 111717 Primary Health Care
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002156

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