Engendering social capital through a leisure club for middle-aged and older women

Implications for individual and community health and well-being

Julie Son, Careen Yarnal, Deborah Lee Kerstetter

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the emergent evidence of social capital in a leisure club for middle-aged and older women. We analysed 1693 members' responses to an online query about meaningful experiences garnered through participation in the Red Hat Society®. Our analysis revealed aspects of social capital, including bonding and bridging opportunities, social support, sisterhood and civic engagement. Members had a sense of community and this community intersected within the public spheres of the larger society through mechanisms such as Society-led celebrations and volunteerism. We connect these aspects of social capital to issues of individual and community health and well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-83
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Lifelong Education
Volume29
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010

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  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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In: International Journal of Lifelong Education, Vol. 29, No. 2, 01.03.2010, p. 67-83.

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