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 Balanceilluminates the importance of understanding the social dimension as itexamines the links between social capital and sustainable developmentwithin the overall context of local community development.

Looking at case studies in both Australia and Canada, it draws uponlessons that can be learned to reconnect large urban centres andsmaller communities. Given the number of small communities in bothcountries struggling to diversify from single-resource economies in acontext of increasing globalization, the analysis touches on severalcritical public policy issues. The contributors argue that the keystrategies for communities must be embedded in the dialectics ofsustainable 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 forreconciliation and reconnection within and between communities. Itmakes unique links between two schools of thought, social capital andsustainable community development, showing how both are interdependentand can be mobilized by governments for greater agency in communitieseverywhere.

Ann Dale is a professor in the Science, Technology,and Environment Division at Royal Roads University. She is a TrudeauFellow, and a Canada Research Chair in Sustainable CommunityDevelopment. Jenny Onyx is the director of the Centrefor Australian Community Organisation and Management at the Universityof Technology in Sydney.

Foreword / Richard A. Skinner

Introduction / Jenny Onyx

Part 1: Vision

1. Social Capital and Sustainable Community Development: Is There aRelationship? / 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 withSocial Capital and Sustainability within Rural Communities / StuartB. Hill

Part 3: Actions

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

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

6. Modelling Social Capital in a Remote Australian IndigenousCommunity / 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 RuralAustralia: A Case Study of ExecutiveLink / Sue Kilpatrick and FrankVanclay

9. Social Capital and the Sustainability of Rural or RemoteCommunities: Evidence from the Australian Community Survey / AlanBlack and Philip Hughes

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

11. Social Capital Mobilization for Ecosystem Conservation /Jennie Sparkes

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

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

Part 4: Assessing Progress

14. Exciting the Collective Imagination / James Tansey

Conclusion: Reflections / Ann Dale



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