The role of agricultural development cooperatives in establishing social capital


Kustepeli Y. R., Gulcan Y., Yercan M., Yildirim B.

ANNALS OF REGIONAL SCIENCE, 2020 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00168-019-00965-4
  • Journal Name: ANNALS OF REGIONAL SCIENCE
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, ABI/INFORM, Aerospace Database, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, Communication Abstracts, EconLit, Geobase, Metadex, PAIS International, Political Science Complete, Public Affairs Index, Sociological abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: L31, Q13, R10
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

This paper examines a model of agricultural development specifically centered on the role of cooperatives in augmenting social capital. The aim of the study is to investigate the impact of agricultural cooperatives on social capital formation and improved livelihoods in eight villages in the Aegean Region of Turkey (Bademler, Bagarasi, Borezli, Godence, Karakuzu, Kizikli, Kuyumcu and Tire). We collected data using face-to-face semi-structured surveys. The results from frequency tables and social network analysis (SNA) support the hypothesis that membership in an agricultural development cooperative is a significant factor, which not only affects trust and augments social capital but also improves livelihoods in terms of income perception and eating habits.