More than fun: capitalising sport's social goods

Woolcock, Geoffrey (2016) More than fun: capitalising sport's social goods. Griffith Review, 53. pp. 68-75. ISSN 1448-2924

Abstract

The twenty-first century has already seen a stream of premature epitaphs written for many long-standing social phenomena, not least social capital – often referred to as the ‘glue’ that binds us together. I eagerly jumped on that bandwagon at the turn of the century, worried about signs of weakening social connectedness. At that time, Harvard Professor Robert Putnam, in his bestseller Bowling Alone (Simon & Schuster, 2001), persuasively traced the consequences of weakening social and civic ties in middle America. I haven’t really gotten off that wagon, although I’ve never felt completely comfortable with some of my fellow traveller’s laments about the state of the world and declining stocks of social capital.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions. Author invited to contribute an essay on Australian sporting culture to coincide with the 2014 Rio Olympic Games.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2019 01:34
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2019 04:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: social capital, social connectedness, sport
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920413 Social Structure and Health
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35716

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