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Social capital and rural development : the case of Huntingdon, Quebec

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Social capital and rural development : the case of Huntingdon, Quebec

Aboud, Geneviève (2008) Social capital and rural development : the case of Huntingdon, Quebec. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis examines the efforts at rural economic restructuring in Huntingdon, a town recently devastated by closure of two major textile mills. More specifically, by analyzing this case through the lens of ABCD and social capital theory, it evaluates the extent to which current initiatives on the part of the municipal govt. and non-governmental organizations integrate local assets and contribute to the development of positive forms of social capital. The research draws on semi-structured interviews with members of the government, members of non-governmental organisations and community members and finds that there are three main challenges impeding the prospects for sustainable rural economic initiatives: the misuse of power by the Mayor, the underdevelopment of bridging networks between government and community groups and the linguistic divide within the community. The thesis concludes with some reflections on the lessons of the Huntingdon case for economic development theory and policy.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Geography, Planning and Environment
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Aboud, Geneviève
Pagination:vii, 81 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Geography, Planning, and Environment
Date:2008
Thesis Supervisor(s):Rantisi, Norma
ID Code:975802
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:15
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:41
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