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Record number 535545
Title Promoting social cohesion and social capital increasing wellbeing
Author(s) Elands, B.H.M.; Peters, K.B.M.; Vries, S. de
Source In: Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health / van den Bosch, Matilda, Bird, William, Oxford : Oxford University Press - ISBN 9780198725916 - p. 116 - 121.
Department(s) Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
Cultural Geography
Regional Development and Spatial Use
Publication type Peer reviewed book chapter
Publication year 2018
Abstract This chapter discusses how green places contribute to well-being and health through social cohesion. Social cohesion contributes positively to both mental and physical health and is influenced by neighbourhood characteristics (such as socioeconomic deprivation) and individual characteristics (such as age). As neighbourhood green spaces are often perceived as attractive places to visit, they provide ample opportunities for residents to meet other people and interact. These interactions form the basis of neighbourhood social cohesion. This chapter reveals that although people generally do not visit public green areas to meet strangers, they do like to engage in small talk with other visitors. These casual encounters appear to be very relevant as they create public familiarity, which results in feeling at home in a neighbourhood. Occasionally, this provides opportunities to perpetuate existing friendships and develop new ones. To facilitate neighbourhood social cohesion, the availability, functions, and quality of green areas are important.
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