Social capital in the sun: Bonding and bridging social capital among British retirees

Casado-Diaz, M. (2009) Social capital in the sun: Bonding and bridging social capital among British retirees. In: Benson, M. and O'Reilly, K., eds. (2009) Lifestyle Migration: Expectations, Aspirations and Experiences. Aldershot: Ashgate. ISBN 9780754675679 Available from:

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This chapter explores social networks between English-speaking retirees located in Calpe, a municipality on the Costa Blanca, Spain. Using the concept of social capital and the device of leisure, this chapter discusses the systems of social relations and types of social capital found within retirement communities consisting predominantly of Britons. The analysis explores themes related to social capital, friendship and community and discusses the relevance of leisure activities and practices in the creation on social capital. Drawing on qualitative data gathered through in depth interviews, group discussions and observation of meetings of members of the Calpe University of the Third Age branch. This chapter highlights the salience of friendship and the role of leisure pursuits in the creation of social capital among British retirees living in Calpe.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:social capital, bonding, British, retirees
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Geography and Environmental Management
ID Code:12802
Deposited By: J. Newton
Deposited On:07 Dec 2010 12:46
Last Modified:20 Sep 2016 04:21

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