Networks of social capital: Extending a public relations model of civil society in Peru

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Abstract

Scholars have argued that public relations can and indeed must be used to improve society. This article builds on the work of Taylor and Doerfel (2005), who advocated for the continued study of civil society through the lens of public relations theory. This study contributes to a normative public relations model of civil society by examining how interorganizational relationships, which may initially be established for purposes of resource exchange, benefit civil society through the creation and maintenance of social capital. The study examined a segment of Peruvian civil society dedicated to media development, as media is a key partner in building civil society (. Taylor, 2009). The results of the study help to explain how interorganizational relationships contribute to the creation of social capital in a civil society network, and how certain network positions are integral to maintaining the social capital of a community of actors. Implications for the role of public relations in building and maintaining networks of interorganizational communities are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalPublic Relations Review
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Civil society
  • Networks
  • Peru
  • Public relations
  • Social capital

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