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Social Capital of Farmers in the Rural Communities of Vojvodina

Authors
  • Janković, Dejan1
  • Novakov, Marina1
  • Petrović, Marica1
  • 1 University of Novi Sad, Trg Dositeja Obradovića 8, 21 000 , (Serbia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Contemporary Agriculture
Publisher
Sciendo
Publication Date
May 26, 2021
Volume
70
Issue
1-2
Pages
20–27
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2478/contagri-2021-0005
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

The development of rural areas is a complex social, economic, political and cultural issue of immense importance to the development of society as a whole. The vitality of rural communities, which represent a specific socio-spatial phenomenon, affects the development of global society and is inextricably linked to the development and issues of urban areas of each society. Both in theory and development practice, rural development as a complex and enduring process has long been unjustifiably reduced to the economic-agrarian matrix, often reflected in the modernization of agriculture and the centralized and sectoral management of and influence on rural development. The primary focus of this paper is on the social capital of rural communities, i.e. social relations and connections within local rural communities which, alongside other important development factors, are one of the prerequisites to maintaining their vitality. The paper presents the results of a survey on social capital conducted on 281 farms in the region of Vojvodina (Serbia), indicating the characteristics of the social capital on the farms considered and the farmers’ attitudes towards the development and life of their local communities. The social capital of the surveyed farmers was found to be only relatively good, suggesting that the overall social capital in Serbia is underdeveloped because all the farms considered are located in Vojvodina, i.e. the most developed agricultural area in Serbia characterized by rural settlements with the most favorable infrastructural, demographic and economic conditions.

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