Ibadan Journal of the Social Sciences
Volume 11, No. 1, 2013
DOI: 10.36108/ijss/3102.11.0160

Bridging, Bonding, and Linking Social Capital for Community Action: A Case of Atisbo Development Union in Atisbo Local Government Area of Oyo State, Nigeria

Olajide, O. E

Department of Adult Education, University of Ibadan, Nigeria


This paper examines the effect of social capital variables (bridging, bonding and linking) on the successful control/ management of armed bandit operations ill Atisbo local government area of Oyo state when communities are given opportunities to manage their own affairs. Applying the social capital framework, it analyzes empirical data from the Atisbo Development Union (ADU) formation in Atisbo local government area of Oyo state. The study confirms previous findings, which emphasized the high level of cohesion and traditional norms among a homogeneous community of indigenous people (bonding social capital) as a success factor. This study further identifies that for effective management of collective action, mobilization of bridging and linking social capital are equally important as they do not only help mobilize external resources but, at times, also promote bonding social capital.
Keywords: Bonding, Bridging, Linkage, Social capital, Armed bandit, Vigilante


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