Critical Analysis Of Social Capital Killing Communities By Ryan Macneil
It has become easy and almost expected for young people to leave rural communities. Recent research by a doctoral student at the Canadian Resilience Research Centre illustrates that rural youth are caught in a complicated world with many of the young people who feel forced to leave would choose a rural lifestyle over an urban one. This sense of family and wanting to be close to your roots is a benefit of rural communities. A second benefit of rural areas is the link to church. Taylor and Chatters found that “younger respondents were likely to receive support” from their church if they attended their family church. These two benefits, a sense of family and church membership, are two benefits of social capital that would correlate to GPI, but not be measured at all for GDP.
Throughout “Social Capital Killing Communities,” MacNeil seems to argue that social capital is aiding and improving rural communities. He argues in favor of using measures beyond simple GDP for evidence. MacNeil’s hypothesis is that GDP is an imperfect measurement for economic improvement in communities. Instead measures such a GPI, demonstrate that rural communities compete well for satisfaction of individuals living in those areas as there is more to life than a bigger