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BUILDING SOCIAL CAPITAL: A Field Study of the Active, Beautiful and Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Programme in Singapore
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis presents a field study examining the effect of the Active, Beautiful and Clean Waters

(ABC Waters) Programme in Singapore on social capital. Based on a multi-disciplinary

approach and following the theoretical framework of bonding and bridging social capital

developed by Robert Putnam and others, three different cases of the ABC Programme were

compared, looking particularly at the level of blue-green landscape integration. The three cases

comprised the ABC flagship project ‘Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park’ with high level of blue-green

integration as well as the green and the grey section of the Ulu Pandan Park Connector with

medium and low level of blue-green integration, respectively. Quantitative data was obtained by

counting the share of park users engaged in social interaction and by surveying 330 park users

on the perceptions of social interaction and integration. In addition to the quantitative data, a

total of 60 face-to-face interviews were carried out in the three park areas, providing an indepth

understanding of the perceptions of the surrounding areas. The study concludes that the

ABC Waters Programme is a strong generator of social capital, offering an attractive place for

social bonding and to some extent also for social bridging.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 30 p.
Keyword [en]
Singapore, social capital, landscape perceptions, blue-green infrastructure, social engineering, bioengineering, social architecture, social sustainability, water infrastructure
Keyword [sv]
socialt kapital, blå-grön infrastruktur, social hållbarhet, fältstudie
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-264302OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-264302DiVA: diva2:859934
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Available from: 2015-10-26 Created: 2015-10-09 Last updated: 2015-10-26Bibliographically approved

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