Religion versus rubbish: Deprivation and social capital in inner-city Birmingham

Karner, Christian and Parker, D. (2008) Religion versus rubbish: Deprivation and social capital in inner-city Birmingham. Social Compass, 55 (4). pp. 517-531. ISSN 0037-7686

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In the context of current debates about integration and social cohesion, the authors examine religiously underpinned social capital—capable of both bonding and bridging parts of the community—in a deprived part of inner-city Birmingham. On the basis of a series of qualitative interviews with key social actors and a critical engagement with relevant sociological theory, they demonstrate that an understanding of the locality must encompass the following key dimensions. First, local social capital needs to be understood as a response to social exclusion and infrastructural deprivation. Second, there is evidence of local conflict and interethnic cooperation as well as of a local habitus of shared dispositions and strategies. Third, local, religiously inflected social capital significantly intersects with transnational concerns, connections and movements. Fourth, religion plays a crucial role both in facilitating networks/initiatives and as a key motivational force for local activists.

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