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Dangers to going it alone: Social capital and the origins of community resilience in the Philippines

Bankoff, Greg

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Abstract

Robert Putnam's influential article 'Bowling alone: America's declining social capital' puts forward a number of possible factors to explain the decline of civil society in the USA. Many of these same forces are also at work in America's erstwhile colony in Asia, the Philippines, where almost the opposite outcome is true if one can measure such things as social capital by the activity of formal and informal associations and networks devoted to mutual assistance. Unlike Americans, however, Filipinos are exposed to a much higher degree of everyday risk. This article traces the evolution of mutual benefit associations and networks and suggests that it is in precisely those geographical regions most exposed to personal misfortune and community danger that they proliferate most readily.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 13, 2007
Journal CONTINUITY AND CHANGE
Print ISSN 0268-4160
Electronic ISSN 1469-218X
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 2
Pages 327-355
APA6 Citation Bankoff, G. (2007). Dangers to going it alone: Social capital and the origins of community resilience in the Philippines. Continuity and Change, 22(2), 327-355. doi:10.1017/S0268416007006315
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S0268416007006315
Publisher URL https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/continuity-and-change/article/dangers-to-going-it-alone-social-capital-and-the-origins-of-community-resilience-in-the-philippines/39F083F783D3B650924A678C165B0834
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