This chapter considers the importance of gender social networks in promoting sustainable communities. Various concepts, i.e. gender, social networks, and social capital are discussed. The objective posed is that social networks constructed on gender or kinship associations could be used to transfer knowledge to particular communities of women headed households or single women in need. ‘Gender’ is a useful concept to indentify the differences between men and women as social beings and refers to the way their relationships are socially constructed. ‘Social capital’ as a concept refers to the degree of support that men and women draw from their relationships with others and is used to discuss specific examples of knowledge transferred through social networks.
‘Social networks’ constructed on gender can have a positive social value and a strategic significance in the communication of vital knowledge and information. Thus, members of such networks can be key in offering support and access to local knowledge and neighbourhood contacts, they also provide a large membership for consultation on various community issues, and above all, commitment. The successful achievements of gender networks will be discussed through case studies.
|Keywords:||Gender, Social Networks, Social Capital, Sustainability|
Senior Lecturer, Department of Property and Construction, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Westminster, London, UK
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