British Journal of Political Science



Notes and Comments

Trends in Social Capital: Membership of Associations in Great Britain, 1991–98


ALAN  WARDE  a1, GINDO  TAMPUBOLON  a2, BRIAN  LONGHURST  a3, KATHRYN  RAY  a4, MIKE  SAVAGE  a1 and MARK  TOMLINSON  a2 a
a1 Department of Sociology, University of Manchester
a2 Centre for Research in Innovation and Competition, University of Manchester
a3 Department of Sociology, University of Salford
a4 Department of Geography, University College London

This Note uses the British Household Panel Study (BHPS) to consider the changing volume and distribution of voluntary association membership (and hence social capital) in Great Britain. We aim to supplement Hall's study of trends in social capital published in this Journal with more recent and longitudinal data. This allows us to show that whilst the volume of social capital is not declining, it is becoming increasingly class specific, and that its relative aggregate stability masks considerable turnover at the individual level. These findings are significant for current debates on social capital.



Footnotes

a This research has been supported by an ESRC research grant under the auspices of the programme ‘Democracy and Participation’. The data used in this publication were made available through the ESRC Data Archive. The data were originally collected by the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-social Change at the University of Essex (now incorporated within the Institute for Social and Economic Research). Neither the original collectors of the data nor the Archive bear any responsibility for the analyses or interpretations presented here.