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Groups as a means or an end? Social capital and the promotion of cooperation in Ghana.

Porter, G. and Lyon, F. (2006) 'Groups as a means or an end? Social capital and the promotion of cooperation in Ghana.', Environment and planning D : society and space., 24 (2). pp. 249-262.


In the past two decades there has been a growing emphasis within the international development industry on promoting group activity. In this paper we chart how interpretation of the loose concept of social capital has shaped donor and NGO discourses on, and their preoccupation with, groups. Donors are using blueprints of group cooperation in an asocial and aspatial manner that ignores local specificities of place, space and cultural context. An empirical case is examined that demonstrates how donor discourse is reinterpreted, translated, and even rejected by players at different spatial scales. The reasons for continued donor preoccupation with groups in the face of local resistances are explored.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Groups, Social capital, Trust, Ghana, Culture.
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Publisher statement:Gina Porter, Fergus Lyon, 2006. The definitive peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 24(2), 249-262, 2006, 10.1068/d0303.
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:19 November 2014
Date of first online publication:June 2006
Date first made open access:No date available

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