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Volunteering and social capital in regional Victoria

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posted on 2003-01-01, 00:00 authored by Susan Bailey, Sally Savage, B O`Connell
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.

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Journal

Australian journal on volunteering

Volume

8

Pagination

5 - 12

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

1325-8362

eISSN

1836-0246

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2003, Volunteering Australia. Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.

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