The myth of social capital in community development

@article{Defilippis2001TheMO,
  title={The myth of social capital in community development},
  author={James Defilippis},
  journal={Housing Policy Debate},
  year={2001},
  volume={12},
  pages={781 - 806}
}
Abstract This article argues that contemporary interest in social capital by community development theorists, funders, and practitioners is misguided and needs to be thoroughly rethought. It argues that social capital, as understood by Robert Putnam and people influenced by his work, is a fundamentally flawed concept because it fails to understand issues of power in the production of communities and because it is divorced from economic capital. Therefore, community development practice based on… Expand
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