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Title: Social capital's imagined benefits in Ardoyne electoral ward
Author: Liggett, M.
ISNI:       0000 0004 4823 6434
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2017
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This study examines how access to social capital impacts on the daily lives of residents in an area of Northern Ireland ranked as one of the most deprived areas in the UK but equally, one that is rich in social networks. The thesis challenges social capital paradigms that promote social dividends by highlighting the role of power brokers in locally based social networks. The research uses grounded theory to deconstruct the social capital paradigm to show its negative and positive attributes. Survey and interview data is used to show how social capital contributes to social exclusion because social capital depends on inequitable distribution to give it value and that distribution is related to inequitable forms of social hierarchy access that are influenced by one’s sense of identity. This thesis challenges normative assertions that civil society organisations build trust and community cohesion. The research is unique in that it is focused on a religiously segregated area transitioning from conflict and realising the impact of post industrialisation. The research is important because it provides ethnographic evidence to explain how social capital functions in practice by not only those with extensive participatory experience but also with those excluded from social networks.
Supervisor: Shirlow, P. ; Bean, K. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral