femaleearth Gender and Social Capital

Thanks to all who participated for making this a very successful conference!

Access to conference papers (as they become available) can be found below.

May 2-3, 2003
St. John's College, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba

In Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, Robert Putnam argues that 
technological and social change over the last thirty years has led to a decline in social capital. Social
capital—the connections and social networks forged among individuals and the social trust arising
from them—is argued to be of critical importance for democracy and society more generally. The 
diminishing stock of social capital is problematic as a strong foundation of associational involvement
and trust is considered essential to a democracy's ability to successfully produce democratic outputs: 
public goods widely defined. According to Putnam, women have played a particularly important role in
creating and sustaining stocks of social capital. However, there has been relatively little sustained critical analysis of the social capital concept as it relates to women. Accordingly, the Gender and Social Capital Conference brings together leading scholars in the fields of gender, politics and society to evaluate
the social capital thesis from a gendered perspective that is both interdisciplinary and cross-national in

The keynote address, entitled “Gendering Social Capital: The Role of Structure, Culture or Agency” will
be delivered by the Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Dr. Pippa Norris, McGuire Lecturer in Comparative
Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University on Friday evening, May 2nd.
This lecture is open to the public. 

Additional conference participants/presentations by Barbara Arneil (UBC), Susan Carroll (Rutgers),
Bonnie Erickson (Toronto), Joanna Everitt (UNB-SJ), Elisabeth Gidengil (McGill), Elizabeth Goodyear-
Grant (McGill), Kristin Goss (Georgetown), Ronald Inglehart (Michigan), Vivien Lowndes (de Monfort), 
Michele Micheletti (Stockholm), Ginny Morrow (Brunel), Brenda O'Neill (Manitoba), Virginia Sapiro (Wisconsin-Madison), Theda Skocpol (Harvard), Dietlind Stolle (McGill) and Lisa Young (Calgary).

Registration required to participate in the daytime sessions of the conference.

For further information contact: 
Brenda O'Neill, Conference Co-Convenor

Department of Political Studies
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba 
(204) 474-6804

Elisabeth Gidengil (McGill) is an additional conference convener. Allison Evers and Marina Rountree (MPA and MA Program Students - University of Manitoba) are the conference co-organizers.

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