|Volume 8 (2006/2007), ISSUE 13 (YEARLY)
EXPLORING Social Capital THROUGH Community Newspapers
ROSA MARIA McManamey
This article discusses findings from a thesis study which explores the relationship between community newspapers and social capital by analyzing the newspaper content and investigating the timing of the establishment and production of independent community newspapers published in Tasmania between 1910 and 2000. It argues that both growth rates of community papers noted in literature and in the study findings support increasing resources of social capital. The article further argues that based on social capital theory, structure and models, content analysis may contribute to expanding modes of understanding the concept and its practice.
Content analysis - Social Capital - Community newspapers - Longitudinal studies
Rosa McMANAMEY is Honorary Research Associate at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Her research interests include social capital and social networks applied to rural and regional issues, community communications, content analysis, and capacity building. She has presented international conference papers and conducted research projects in communications and community capacity building, rural health and education. The thesis from which this article is drawn has won the prestigious Australia & New Zealand Regional Science Association International (ANZRSAI Inc.) postgraduate academic award.
This article is a revised version of a paper presented at the Second International Conference of The Social Capital Foundation, Buggiba, Republic of Malta, 20-23 September 2005.
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