Place Identity and Social Capital in an Appalachian Town

Authors: Christopher Holtkamp*, Texas State University - San Marcos, Russell Weaver, Texas State University
Topics: Economic Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Qualitative Methods
Keywords: Place identity, economic geography, social capital, community development
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Napoleon A2, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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This research brings concepts of shared identity and connection place into the measurement of social capital using economic games. Social capital can be defined as a community-based asset that contributes to norms of behavior including trust, reciprocity, and willingness to contribute to the public good. Economic games are interactions between participants using real money that allow for direct measurement of these behaviors. These techniques are typically the realm of economists and sociologists; however, there is an opportunity for geographers to leverage these techniques. To understand the effects of of place identity, a survey was introduced to participants asking the importance of identity ranging from local, regional, and national. This allows an understanding how place identity affects behavioral indicators of social capital as measured through the economic games.

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