Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Role of Bridging and Linking Social Capital in Household Wealth: A Case Study of Two Livelihoods in Treasure Beach, Jamaica
by Pezold, Matthew, M.S., University of Missouri - Columbia, 2010, 133; 13850744
Abstract (Summary)

The Caribbean is a developing region of the world that has struggled to overcome corrupt governmental programs and agencies. Poverty and crime are commonplace, and a strong distrust of government is often present. With that said, this research undertook a comparative case study of twenty fishers and twenty farmers in a unique Jamaican costal community. Extensive qualitative and quantitative research analyzed the role of bridging and linking social capital in contributing to household wealth variations.

Contextual nuances revealed that the use of social capital varies by occupation. Key findings include positive relationships between formal group membership and group diversity and wealth creation for fishers and a negative relationship for farmers. Research found that bonding capital's informal networks play an important role in both occupations. Roles include reduced vulnerability (caused by environmental and economic shocks) of poorer fishers and farmers as well as providing access to technological information, financial capital, and technology, which facilitates household wealth creation. Consequently, developers and policymakers need to utilize this distinction of network preferences in order to more effectively address widespread poverty in Jamaica and throughout the region.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Artz, Georgeanne
Commitee: Artz, Georgeanne, O'Brien, David, Valdivia, Corrine
School: University of Missouri - Columbia
Department: Agriculture and Applied Economics
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: MAI 58/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Caribbean Studies, Agricultural economics, Sociology
Keywords: Bonding capital, Case study, Household wealth, International development, Jamaica, Social capital
Publication Number: 13850744
ISBN: 9780438978034
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