Social Capital in Context: Utilizing GIS in the Consideration of Community Resources

Patrick McConnell, Temple University
Deanna L. Wilkinson, Temple University
Ellen Kurtz, Temple University

Much of the literature on social disorganization, fear of crime, routine activities, and other macro-level theories of crime emphasizes the importance of social capital as a feature of community circumstance (particularly when social capital is lacking or absent). However, despite many advances in the geographic consideration of criminal behavior, the geographical realities of social capital have been largely ignored. This paper will explore the areal and temporal characteristics of third-party social capital providers in Philadelphia, PA, using data from the ongoing Healthcare Connection Youth Study.

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