Aldim Aldim


In his recent contribution to the British Educational Research Journal, Pauline McClenaghan identified the relationship between social capital and community empowerment, specifically community empowerment education, as a core area where scientific interests and policies overlap. He concluded that the concept of social capital cannot wrestle with the complex social divisions that characterize contemporary Europe. The authors of this article question their research for three main reasons: the definition of social capital they hold is too narrow, and does not deal with what Woolcock calls the linking role of social networking; presentation of the theoretical underpinnings of community empowerment, which they believe to be flawed in certain important matters; and lack of clarity in the relationship between research and reported findings. The authors then present their own research theoretically social capital information as a means to understand the role of community empowerment, challenges that can be faced and the role of education for community empowerment.

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