Bonding and bridging: Understanding the relationship between social capital and civic action

Larissa Larsen, Sharon Harlan, Robert Bolin, Edward J. Hackett, Diane Hope, Andrew Kirby, Amy Nelson, Tom R. Rex, Shaphard Wolf

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This study investigates the relationship between social connections and collective civic action. Measuring social capital in eight Phoenix, Arizona, neighborhoods allowed the authors to determine that individuals with strong social bonding (i.e., association and trust among neighbors) are more likely to take civic action. However, while social capital lessens the relationship between an individuaL's social status and the likelihood of taking action, it does not eliminate the positive relationship. The analysis also suggests that bonding and bridging are distinct forms of social capital that have some different antecedents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-77
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004



  • Collective civic action
  • Social connection
  • Status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Urban Studies

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