Growing the Social Fabric: Recreational Gardening as a way of Developing Social Capital in a Sample of 50-65 year olds in South Australia- a Qualitative Study

By Jane Elizabeth Hiscock.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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This research locates recreation in the social capital literature by focussing on recreation as a way of building social capital in later life. The participants ( aged 50 -65 yrs and either retired, working or in between )were interviewed about their recreational gardening experiences. Social capital is suggested as another aspect of promoting social sustainaibility in the local community.
In particular, feelings of well-being, information seeking and produce exchange were examined to identify those factors which were important in the development of social capital

Keywords: Social Capital and Recreational Gardening, Social Networks and Social Sustainability

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.55-62. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 617.557KB).

Dr. Jane Elizabeth Hiscock

University lecturer, Division of Education, Arts and Social science, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


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