Background: Social capital is often cited as shaping impacts of participatory arts, although the concept has not been systematically mapped in arts, health and wellbeing contexts. In wider health inequalities research, complex, differential, and sometimes negative impacts of social capital have been recognised. Methods: This paper maps of social capital concepts in qualitative research as part of the UK What Works for Wellbeing evidence review programme on culture, sport and wellbeing. Results: Studies often cite positive impacts of bonding and, to a lesser extent, bridging social capital. However, reported challenges suggest the need for a critical approach. Forms of linking social capital, such as reframing and political engagement to address social divisions, are less often cited but may be important in participatory arts and wellbeing. Conclusions: Future research should further specify dimensions of social capital as well as their nuanced effects in arts, and wellbeing contexts.
|Journal||Arts & Health An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Aug 2020|
- Social capital
- qualitative data analysis
- public health