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Cultural and Natural Capital: A Systems Approach Revisited

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Berkes, Fikret
Conference: Social Capital Formation and Institutions for Sustainability
Location: Sustainable Development Research Institute, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Conf. Date: Nov. 16-17, 1998
Date: 1998
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/511
Sector: Social Organization
Subject(s): social capital
Ostrom, Elinor
Abstract: "This paper does not claim to provide an 'ecological perspective' on social capital. Ecology has little to say directly on social capital. But the paper does emphasise social system-ecosystem interactions, along the lines of our recent book. First, let's place social capital in perspective. There is a spectrum of concepts on the social dimensions of sustainability. These include social indicators, as used for example in Robert Allen's new book still in press, and a diversity of concepts of social and cultural wellbeing: -- equity: fairness, social justice, distributional issues; -- empowerment: ability of people to exert a degree of control over decisions affecting their lives; -- sustainable livelihoods: capacity to generate and maintain one's means of living; -- cultural sustainability: ability to retain cultural identity, and to allow change to be guided in ways consistent with the cultural values of a people; -- social cohesion: shared values and commitment to a community - as the foundation stone of social order, as used by Jane Jenson and others; and as social capital: -- social organisational features, such as trust, norms and networks."

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