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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 in-depth 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. 

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2015. , 30 p.
Keyword [en]
Singapore, social capital, landscape perceptions, blue-green infrastructure, social engineering, bioengineering, social architecture, social sustainability, water infrastructure, biophilia
Keyword [sv]
socialt kapital, landskapsarkitektur, blågrön infrastruktur, social ingenjörskonst, social stadsplanering, robert putnam
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-265245OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-265245DiVA: diva2:864198
2015-10-08, Schefferus, Uppsala, 15:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2015-10-27 Created: 2015-10-26 Last updated: 2015-10-27Bibliographically approved

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