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Caring and the generation of social capital: two models for a positive relationship
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. (Care Work and Social Gerontology)
Social Justice and Social Change, University of Western Sydney.
Social Justice and Social Change, University of Western Sydney.
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 21, no 1, 44-52 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

When caring is linked to social capital it is generally assumed that the nature of the relationship is that social capital is a resource that can be used for care work. When there is inadequate funding of aged care services by the State then social capital may be seen as a substitute for economic and human capital. Caring therefore is seen as a drain on capital. However, this does not have to be the case. Aged care services, if thoughtfully designed, can not only consume social capital but also generate it. Two models of elder care, one Swedish and one Australian, have been identified which specifically address the generation of social capital. In each case the services and facilities have been developed by third sector organisations with a strong community development focus often in the face of resistance from state run or medically oriented services.

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Oxford UK and Malden USA: Blackwell Publishing, 2012. Vol. 21, no 1, 44-52 p.
Keyword [en]
social capital, caring, volunteering, elderly care, community care, Australia, Sweden
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-37035DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2010.00759.xOAI: diva2:379521
Available from: 2011-01-11 Created: 2010-10-18 Last updated: 2012-04-16Bibliographically approved

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