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Sociálny kapitál a organizovanosť osôb so zdravotným postihnutím
Civic Organizing of Persons with Disability and Social Capital

Author(s): Kvetoslava Repková
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Sociologický ústav - Slovenská akadémia vied
Keywords: Social capital; bridging social capital; bonding social capital; participatory democracy; right to associate; civic associations

Summary/Abstract: Civic Organizing of Persons with Disability and Social Capital. Presented study deals with the issue of civic organizing of persons with disability (including their supporters, family members or volunteers) considered to be one of the primary indicators for measuring social capital. Author defines social relevance of the chosen topic in the introductory part. After that, selected characteristics of social capital as a sociological category are presented in order to apply them for analysing and interpretation of findings regarding the development of civic associations' membership within this area as well as the factors influencing this development. Author's findings are supplemented by research results of other authors that were focused on eliciting views of the disabled on citizens associations' efficiency in decision-making about public matters regarding the issue of the disability at the self-government level. Author focuses on bridging and binding effects of social capital generated in activities of civic associations of persons with disability, with ambiguous effect of the scope of civic associations, with the efficiency of the self-governing politics in this field, with possible causes of high fragmentation of the civic sector as well as with new challenges resulting from the information and communication technology development. In conclusion, author emphasises that this study is one of the first attempts to use the interpretative potential of social capital for analysing this social-political field. Sociológia 2008, Vol. 40 (No. 4: 326-346)

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 326-346
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Slovak