You're invited to a seminar by visiting academic Dr. Christine Stephens, 3-4pm on Monday 3rd September in room 202.
Social Capital in its place: Using social theory to understand social capital and inequalities in health.
Social capital has been controversially linked to public health benefits, particularly as an explanation for the relationship between economic inequalities and health. This paper focuses on social capital in this context, particularly the most recent emphasis on social capital in neighbourhoods and growing use of Bourdieu's social theory in empirical investigations. A review of some of this work suggests the need for a more coherent theoretical and methodological approach to using Bourdieu and to introduce examples from a qualitative study of social capital in different neighbourhoods in New Zealand. The results of this study suggest that
social capital will be better understood in a broader social context which includes competition for resources between deprived and non-deprived groups, and the practices of all citizens across neighbourhoods. When considering social capital, an exclusive focus on deprived neighbourhoods as sites for research and intervention is not helpful.