It is a life support, isn't it? Social capital in a community choir

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This article examines the manifestation of social capital in a community choir. The extensive literature on social capital and its generation and use in communities includes little about the ways in which social capital is manifested in community music settings. The literature suggests that social capital may be identified through 'social capital indicators' such as 'trust', 'community and civic involvement', 'learning' and the presence of 'networks'. This study sought to identify those indicators of social capital that are present in a community choir in regional Tasmania. Multiple data generation methods including surveys, field notes and semi-structured interviews are employed in this qualitative, interpretive case study. An 'analysis of narrative' approach interrogates data from the main body of the Milton Community Choir, and aims to identify those social capital indicators present in the community choir.

Keywords: CHOIRS; COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT; COMMUNITY MUSIC; FELLOWSHIP; SOCIAL CAPITAL

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/ijcm.4.2.163_1

Publication date: July 1, 2011

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  • The International Journal of Community Music publishes research articles, practical discussions, timely reviews, readers' notes and special issues concerning all aspects of Community Music. The editorial board is composed of leading international scholars and practitioners spanning diverse disciplines that reflect the scope of Community Music practice and theory.
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