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social capital

The collective benefits accrued from co-operation between individuals and networks.

Research has indicated strong links between communities with high levels of social capital and better health and well-being, higher educational achievement and lower crime rates. Social capital is associated with the idea of citizenship and can be measured by looking at trust within and between communities, interaction within familial and group networks and membership to societies.

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