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Social capital in Gellerup


Line Hille Laursen ,

Psychiatric Research Unit West Denmark, DK
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Majen Espvall

Mid-Sweden University, SE
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This paper examines the characteristics of two types of social capital; bridging and bonding social capital among the residents inside and outside a marginalized local community in relation to five demographic features of age, gender, geographical origin and years of residence in the community and in Denmark. The data were collected through a questionnaire, conducted in the largest marginalized high-rise community in Denmark, Gellerup, which is about to undergo an extensive community renewal plan. The study showed that residents in Gellerup had access to bonding and bridging social capital inside and outside Gellerup. Nevertheless, the character of the social capital varied considerably depending on age, geographical origin and years lived in Gellerup. Young residents and people who had lived for many years in Gellerup had more social capital than their counterparts. Furthermore, residents from Arab countries had more bonding relations inside Gellerup, while residents from Northern Europe had more bonding relations outside Gellerup.

How to Cite: Laursen, L.H. and Espvall, M., 2014. Social capital in Gellerup. Journal of Social Inclusion, 5(1), pp.19–42. DOI:
Published on 04 Jun 2014.
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