Communication in a Postdisaster Community: The Struggle to Access Social Capital (2016)
Type of ContentJournal Article
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury. School of Language, Social and Political Sciences
University of Canterbury. Media and Communications
- Arts: Journal Articles 
This article conceptualizes social capital in communicative terms to describe the social resources available to members of one suburb in Christchurch, New Zealand, as they seek to recover from a natural disaster. It notes how communicative social capital was distributed unequally and frequently experienced as in deficit or as inaccessible. The idea of community was a powerful focal point for residents, but there was little evidence that social connectedness at this level provided the resources for civic engagement more generally. The idea of the city that arose out of people’s shared ideals and investment in collective civic institutions appeared to be still broken three years on from the initial disaster.
CitationMatheson, D., Jones, A. (2016) Communication in a Postdisaster Community: The Struggle to Access Social Capital. International Journal of Communication, 10, pp. 1-18.
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ANZSRC Fields of Research47 - Language, communication and culture::4701 - Communication and media studies::470108 - Organisational, interpersonal and intercultural communication
44 - Human society::4410 - Sociology::441016 - Urban sociology and community studies
RightsCopyright © 2016 (Donald Matheson & Annalee Jones). Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd). Available at http://ijoc.org.
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