A Dynamic Balance
288 pages, 6 x 9
19 b&w illustrations, 8 tables
Release Date:01 Jan 2006
Release Date:18 May 2005
Release Date:01 Jan 2006

A Dynamic Balance

Social Capital and Sustainable Community Development

Edited by Ann Dale and Jenny Onyx
UBC Press

Sustainable development is often viewed as having three imperatives: ecological, economic, and social. A Dynamic Balance illuminates the importance of understanding the social dimension as it examines the links between social capital and sustainable development within the overall context of local community development.

Looking at case studies in both Australia and Canada, it draws upon lessons that can be learned to reconnect large urban centres and smaller communities. Given the number of small communities in both countries struggling to diversify from single-resource economies in a context of increasing globalization, the analysis touches on several critical public policy issues. The contributors argue that the key strategies for communities must be embedded in the dialectics of sustainable development. Unless this critical imperative is met, single-resource economy communities will continue to face ecological, social, and economic collapse.

A Dynamic Balance is a timely and provocative call for reconciliation and reconnection within and between communities. It makes unique links between two schools of thought, social capital and sustainable community development, showing how both are interdependent and can be mobilized by governments for greater agency in communities everywhere.

Ann Dale is a professor in the Science, Technology, and Environment Division at Royal Roads University. She is a Trudeau Fellow, and a Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development. Jenny Onyx is the director of the Centre for Australian Community Organisation and Management at the University of Technology in Sydney.

Foreword / Richard A. Skinner

Introduction / Jenny Onyx


Part 1: Vision

1. Social Capital and Sustainable Community Development: Is There a Relationship? / Ann Dale


Part 2: Connections

2. Ecological and Social Systems: Essential System Conditions / Vivienne Wilson

3. Social Ecology as a Framework for Understanding and Working with Social Capital and Sustainability within Rural Communities / Stuart B. Hill


Part 3: Actions

4. Enabling Structures for Coordinated Action: Community Organizations, Social Capital, and Rural Community Sustainability / Jo Barraket

5. Negotiating Interorganizational Domains: The Politics of Social, Natural, and Symbolic Capital / Suzanne Benn and Jenny Onyx

6. Modelling Social Capital in a Remote Australian Indigenous Community / Paul Memmott and Anne Meltzer

7. Stones: Social Capital in Canadian Aboriginal Communities / Lesley Moody and Isabel Cordua-von Specht

8. Communities of Practice for Building Social Capital in Rural Australia: A Case Study of ExecutiveLink / Sue Kilpatrick and Frank Vanclay

9. Social Capital and the Sustainability of Rural or Remote Communities: Evidence from the Australian Community Survey / Alan Black and Philip Hughes

10. Social Capital and Sustainable Development: The Case of Broken Hill / Jenny Onyx and Lynelle Osburn

11. Social Capital Mobilization for Ecosystem Conservation / Jennie Sparkes

12. Values, Social Acceptability, and Social Capital: The Canadian Nuclear Waste Disposal Case / Grant Sheng

13. The Challenges of Traditional Models of Governance in the Creation of Social Capital / Tony Boydell


Part 4: Assessing Progress

14. Exciting the Collective Imagination / James Tansey

Conclusion: Reflections / Ann Dale




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