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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
May 8, 2005

Welcome to the weekly Canadian Social Research Newsletter, a listing of the new links added to the Canadian Social Research Links website in the past week.

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1348 subscribers.
[For anyone who's keeping track, this number goes down in the spring after university students sign off for the summer...]

Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.



Canadian Content

1. The Canadian Index of Well-Being (Atkinson Foundation) - May 6
2. ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program
) Action Coalition
3. Fédération nationale des femmes canadiennes-françaises
4. Governments of Canada and Ontario sign an agreement on Early Learning and Child Care
- May 6
5. Rethinking Development: Local Pathways to Global Wellbeing (Conference - Antigonish) - June 20-24 (GPI Atlantic)
6. Income of Individuals, 2003 (Statistics Canada) - May 5
7. First Nations, First Thoughts Conference (University of Edinburgh, Scotland) - May 5-6
8. Caregivers Online Consultation (Social Development Canada) - Until June 30/05
9. New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice - Front commun pour la justice sociale du Nouveau-Brunswick
10. From Statistics Canada:
--- Study: Food insecurity in Canadian households, 2000/01 (Statistics Canada) - May 3
--- Study: Income inequality and working-age mortality
(Statistics Canada) - April 29
11. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - May 6

International Content

12. Poverty Dispatch Digest : U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- May 5, 2005
13. Measuring Social Capital in Italy (Social Capital Gateway) - April 2005

Have a great  week!

Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links


1. The Canadian Index of Wellbeing - May 6
(Atkinson Foundation)

"Imagine that amidst the daily news report, the sports scores, the latest stock info, and GDP figures, we hear the latest Canadian Index of Wellbeing report, a measure about how we are really doing as a nation. That day is getting closer. Experts from across the country are hard at work, under the leadership of the Hon. Roy J. Romanow, Dr. Ron Colman, and others to create a new measuring tool that will link the economic reality and longer-term economic prosperity of our country with the social, health and environmental conditions that shape our communities.
The latest issue of Reality Check Magazine has the scoop on the CIW, how it can help foster a common vision for the future of Canada and be used as a basis for improving health and wellbeing outcomes that matter to Canadians.
Reality Check May 2005 issue
PDF version (1.3MB, 4 pages)
HTML version

Mr. Romanow was in Toronto recently discussing an innovative new idea for achieving a healthier Canada. In a speech to the United Way of Canada's National Conference on May 6th, he gives his take on today's political hot waters and talks about his latest effort to re-focus Canadians on the things that really matter in building a stronger nation.

Mr. Romanow's Speech:
The Canadian Index of Wellbeing: Taking Measure of the Things that Count (PDF file - 120K, 13 pages)

National Network of Experts - complete list of government agencies, NGOs and universities across Canada that are working together to develop the Canadian Index of Well-Being
- the working group consists representatives from Statistics Canada and Environment Canada, and researchers from eight universities and six non-government research organizations across Canada; the work "is also part of a broader international effort to measure the things that count: the CIW researchers have been working closely with their counterparts in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Germany, the United States, and elsewhere."

Canadian Index of Wellbeing website
[ Atkinson Foundation ]
The Atkinson Foundation " provides grants to Ontario registered charities for innovative, Ontario-based projects that focus on E
arly Childhood Education and Development (innovative projects that demonstrate how to improve the futures of children and youth at risk through more effective early years programming and policies) and Economic Justice (innovative projects that demonstrate how to improve the employability of the unemployed, test out new economic models, and support other research and educational activities which are intended to reduce poverty.)
In the categories of health, social welfare, economic justice and education the Foundation has given more than $55 million since its inception.
The Atkinson Charitable Foundation also publishes or sponsors the publication of a number of educational materials on contemporary public policy issues."

- Go to the Poverty Measures Links page:

2. ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program) Action Coalition

ODSP Action Coalition
"The ODSP Action Coalition is made up of community clinic caseworkers, agency staff, and community activists. We undertake campaigns and activities designed to raise awareness of issues affecting persons in receipt of Ontario Disability Support Program ("ODSP") benefits. The ODSP Action Coalition was formed in 2002 as a coalition of lawyers, community workers and consumers. The coalition is leading the campaign to document and publicize problems with ODSP and has engaged in lobbying and advocacy to encourage solutions to those problems."

ODSP Support & Activism Website
"The Purpose of the ODSP Activism & Support Web Site is to:
* Provide easy access to all legislation and directives that directly affect ODSP recipients and applicants.
* Provide an Advocacy center point for challenging ODSP legislation and policy that is unfair, restrictive, unconstitutional, demeaning, punitive, arbitrary, etc...
* Provide a place where ODSP recipients can go to exchange ideas, seek assistance, get support, find current information on ODSP changes and proposals
* Promote advocacy efforts, provide information on current campaigns and advocacy groups

ODSP Fireside Chat Group
[NOTE: this is a message board and not a chat room. Read some of the messages posted, then decide if you wish to become a member so you can post messages yourself --- there are 75 members in this group as of May 8/05]
"The Purpose of the Fireside Chat Group is to:
* Ask fellow recipients questions about ODSP
* Share your thoughts about ODSP with others..."

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:

3. Fédération nationale des femmes canadiennes-françaises

Fédération nationale des femmes canadiennes-françaises
(This site is available in French only)
"La Fédération nationale des femmes canadiennes-française veut une société juste et égalitaire pour toutes les femmes vivant au Canada. La FNFCF représente les femmes de la francophonie canadienne vivant en milieu minoritaire. Elle défend leurs intérêts, revendique leurs droits et appuie leurs actions"
- liens vers les pages suivantes : Dossiers - En vedette - Nouvelles du jour - Quoi de neuf - Activités - Appels d'offre - Programmation - Centre de ressources - Communiqués - Bulletin - Membres - Équipe - Publications

Des droits sociaux pour les femmes francophones
en contexte minoritaire, une lutte pour éradiquer la pauvreté

Ce projet de recherche-action vise à lever le voile sur la réalité socio-économique des femmes francophones en situation minoritaire et à outiller des porteuses de dossier afin de poser les actions nécessaires pour améliorer la condition de vie des femmes.
- utilise une variété d'outils : données de statistiques Canada, ateliers de formation, rencontres provinciales, outils d'animation qui ont servi à former les femmes francophones en contexte minoritaire sur les enjeux de la pauvreté et des femmes, fiches d'information (avril 2005) portant sur les mesures de pauvreté, la sécurité alimentaire, le logement, les programmes sociaux, la santé et les outils et pistes d'avenir --- ainsi qu'un portrait par région de la situation des femmes francophones en contexte minoritaire au Canada.

Dossier Pauvreté
Des droits sociaux pour les femmes francophones en contexte minoritaire, une lutte pour éradiquer la pauvreté.

- Go to the the Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page:

4. Governments of Canada and Ontario sign an agreement on Early Learning and Child Care - May 6

Moving Forward: Governments of Canada and Ontario sign an agreement on Early Learning and Child Care
News Release
May 6, 2005
"HAMILTON, ONTARIO—Prime Minister Paul Martin, along with Social Development Minister Ken Dryden and Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, Ontario's Minister of Children and Youth Services, announced today an historic Agreement in Principle that further supports the development of quality early learning and child care (ELCC) for young children and their families in Ontario."
Social Development Canada

Related Links:

Towards a national system of early learning and child care - other ELCC agreements signed since April 29, 2005 (Manitoba and Saskatchewan)
- includes a broad (and growing) collection of government and non-governmental reports, press releases, news articles and other pertinent documents related to the new world of federal-provincial-territorial arrangements for child care in Canada.
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) [University of Toronto]

------------------------------------------------------- News Search Results : "Canada, Ontario, child care agreement" Web Search Results : "Canada, Ontario, child care agreement"


- Go to the Government Early Learning and Child Care Links page:
- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:

5. Rethinking Development: Local Pathways to Global Wellbeing (Conference - Antigonish) - June 20-24
(GPI Atlantic)

Rethinking Development: Local Pathways to Global Wellbeing
Worldwide Leaders Will Discuss Innovative Solutions for Positive Sustainable Development
St. Francis Xavier University
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
June 20-24, 2005
- incl. links to : Conference Description | Program | List of Presenters | Call for Papers | Conference Papers | Brochure | Links | Workshops | Registration

"You won't want to miss this landmark conference examining development initiatives around the world that have successfully integrated socially and environmentally responsible policies and practices. "
(more than 400 government, non-government, business, labour, academic, and youth leaders from 30 countries and 6 continents are gathering at St FX University for this conference.0

"We've got some of the world's leading thinkers and practitioners in this field, including:
- Ray Anderson, founder & CEO of Interface Inc., the world's largest company committed to complete sustainability
- Bunker Roy, founder of the Barefoot College in India - built by and for India's rural poor,
- Ela Bhatt, founder of the Self-Employed Women's Association in India
- Dr. Marilyn Waring, pioneer New Zealand economist
- Mathis Wackernagel, developer of the Ecological Footprint - one of the most widely used measures of sustainability."

GPI Atlantic

- Go to the Conferences and Events Links page:

6. Income of Individuals, 2003 - May 5
(Statistics Canada)

What's New from The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

May 5, 2005
Income of individuals, 2003
In 2003, the median total income of individuals in Canada edged down 0.6% to $23,600 in comparison with 2002. Median employment income fell 0.7% to $24,800. The median is the point where one-half of incomes are higher and the other half are lower. Only people with employment income were included in the calculation of median employment income. Taxfilers in the Northwest Territories still had the highest median employment income in the country in 2003 at $33,500, even though this was down 3.0% from 2002. Those living in the Yukon and in Ontario shared the second highest median employment income, at $27,400 each followed by those in Alberta with $26,400. Among census metropolitan areas, taxfilers in Oshawa ($32,900) had the highest median employment income in 2003 followed by those in Ottawa–Gatineau ($32,500).

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

7. First Nations, First Thoughts Conference - May 5-6
(University of Edinburgh, Scotland)

First Nations, First Thoughts Conference
Centre of Canadian Studies
The University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Scotland
May 5-6, 2005
"This interdisciplinary conference will explore the significance of Aboriginal peoples in the development of cultural and intellectual thought in Canada. The conference is designed to bring Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal scholars together to consider the development and transmission of Indigenous thought and the impact of Aboriginal perspectives on cultural, political, environmental, historical, legal, philosophical and anthropological thought in Canada."

Yes, it is too late to attend this conference (darn...), but I want to draw your attention to an excellent collection of recent papers, most of which were prepared specifically for this event.

Abstracts and papers - links to the full text of 47 papers prepared for this conference, all in PDF format, and the possibility of more to come ("abstracts and papers will be posted online as they are received")
Highly recommended reading --- there's a wealth of information here, mostly by Canadian experts and almost all of it about First Nations in Canada!
The complete collection of studies (plus abstracts of other papers presented at the conference) is on two pages - "Authors A-M" and "Authors N-Z" (don't miss that second page!)

Centre of Canadian Studies
[ The University of Edinburgh ]

Kudos to the Centre of Canadian Studies for making all of this content available online!
This conference website is a fine example of why social researchers should include websites for upcoming and recent conferences on their list of online resources to peruse from time to time --- you'll often find large collections of timely and relevant papers and presentations on conference websites - keep them in mind...

Want to check out some recent conference websites on a variety of social policy themes?
See the Recent Conferences section of the Conferences and Events page of this site for links to over 50 conferences going back to 2000. Some of the links will definitely be broken (because sites shut down, for a variety of reasons), but you may well find some precious nuggets of information if you scroll down through the list.

- Go to the First Nations Links page:
- Go to the Conferences and Events Links page:

Speaking of conferences:

Don't forget...

12th Biennial Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference:
Forging Social Futures: Canadian and International Perspectives

A joint initiative of the University of New Brunswick and the Canadian Council on Social Development
June 16-18, 2005

NOTE: I mailed in my registration this week. This is an event that's been happening every two years since 1982, and I've missed only one conference in this series (Regina, 1997, pity.)
A special plea to the Grands Fromages at Social Development Canada, Finance Canada, and other federal and provincial departments:
Let your people go!
Send as many of your policy wonks and information people as possible --- this is a biennial opportunity for government officials to mix and mingle with other government folks, both federal and provincial, and with academics and non-governmental people. Government folks : it's good to leave the Ivory Towers occasionally to get some fresh perspectives about the impacts of your programs and policies on the disadvantaged in Canada. NGO folks and academics: introduce yourself to "a fed" or a provincial government official - you'll find that many of them, especially those who attend this type of multidisciplinary event, are very much in tune with your views on social justice. If they're not, of course, this is the perfect occasion to have a friendly discussion and to tear down some walls...
Break the ice. Meet some new people. Network.

Other upcoming conferences (May - June - September) - themes include First Nations (see the link immediately below), homelessness, child welfare, children and youth, and community-university research partnerships.

8. Caregivers Online Consultation - Until June 30/05
(Social Development Canada)

Caregivers Online Consultation
Social Development Canada recently launched this consultation website as part of its mission to help support the well-being of individuals, families and communities and their full participation in Canadian society through citizen-focused policies and programs.

"The focal point of the consultation website today is on caregivers. Social Development Canada is committed to developing a strategy to meet the unique needs of caregivers. We would like your insight into the system today, as well as suggestions on approaches for the future. Over the next several months, we will be exploring other issues on the consultation website. We invite you to sign-up for our news and update list, to be kept informed as new issues become available for input.
There are two ways for you to participate in the Caregivers online consultation:
1. By sharing your experiences and ideas on caregiving
2. By completing the Caregivers Consultation Workbook.

The Caregivers consultation will be available until June 30th, 2005."

Resource Area - incl. links to over a dozen documents related to government programs for caregivers in Canada
News and Update Sign-Up - sign up if you'd like information about the results of this online consultation and to be advised when new consultations are available on the SDC Consultations website.

Social Development Canada

- Go to the Disability Links page:
- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page:

- Go to the Social Development Canada Links page:

9. New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice
Front commun pour la justice sociale du Nouveau-Brunswick

New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice
"The CFSJ promotes alternative policies in order to create a society concerned mainly about human beings.
* fairer distribution of power, thus a more dynamic democracy with greater participation;
* fairer distribution of wealth, thus a more equitable tax system;
* to improve the Canadian social security net, such as public health, public welfare and unemployement insurance;
* to challenge the corporate agenda by attempting to counter policies of privatization, deregulation and the withdrawal of the state;
* to increase the value and the dignity of human work."
- incl. links to : Documents | Press Releases | Action Alerts | Links | Home | Site Map | Contact us | Français


Front commun pour la justice sociale
"Le FCJS s'est donné pour mission de promouvoir des politiques alternatives afin de créer une société surtout préoccupée par les humains.
Ce qui implique:
* une distribution plus équitable du pouvoir, donc une démocratie plus dynamique et participative;
* une sauvegarde des identités culturelles, artistiques, linguistiques de toutes les composantes de la province;
* une distribution plus équitable de la richesse, donc une fiscalité plus juste;
* une amélioration du filet de sécurité sociale, tels les système d'aide au revenu, de santé publique et l'assurance-chômage;
* de défier l'agenda corporatif en tentant de contrer les politiques de privatisation, de déréglementation et de désengagement social de l'État;
* d'augmenter la valeur et la dignité du travail humain."
- liens vers les pages suivantes : Documents | Communiqués de presse | Alertes à l'action | Liens | Accueil | Plan du site | Contactez-nous | English

- Go to the New Brunswick Links page:
- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Nouveau-Brunswick :

10. New from Statistics Canada:
Study: Food insecurity in Canadian households, 2000/01 - May 3
--- Study: Income inequality and working-age mortality - April 29

What's New from The Daily [Statistics Canada]

May 3, 2005
Study: Food insecurity in Canadian households, 2000/01
Almost 15% of Canadians, or an estimated 3.7 million people, were considered to be living in what is known as a "food-insecure" household at some point during 2000/01, according to the article "Food insecurity" published today in Health Reports. ($)


April 29, 2005
Study: Income inequality and working-age mortality
"In Great Britain and the United States, working-age people living in metropolitan areas with high income inequality had higher death rates in 1991 compared with people living in metropolitan areas with lower income inequality, according to a new study. But this association between mortality and income inequality at the metropolitan level was not found for Canada and the two other countries included in the analysis."
[NOTE: you can read a free abstract online but if you want the entire article, it'll cost you US$23.00 "for one day" (?!), or you might prefer US$152 for a subscription (four issues) to the Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine.]

- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

11. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - May 6
( University of Toronto)

What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto



>> Does auspice matter in early learning and child care?
ISSUE file from the CRRU collects resources pertinent to the issue of auspice (for-profit or not-for-profit status) in early learning and child care in Canada.

>> Moving forward on early learning and child care: Agreement-in-principle between the government of Canada and the government of Ontario
Agreement between the governments of Canada and Ontario “sets out a long-term vision, principles, and goals to guide the development of regulated ELCC” in Ontario.

>> Province seeks public input on child care programs
Press release from the government of Alberta announces an online consultation with Albertans that will “be used in shaping provincial programs under the national child care initiative”.

>> Building an integrated workforce for a long-term vision early education and care
Report from the Daycare Trust (GB) calls for a new type of worker to staff the growing number of integrated services that combine education and care for children.


>> Ottawa, Ontario hail $1.9B child-care deal [CA-ON]
CBC News, 6 May 05
Ontario and Ottawa on Friday announced an agreement in principle that will see almost $1.9 billion invested in the province's child care system over the next five years.

>> NDP, Liberals square off over day care [CA-BC]
CBC News, 5 May 05
NDP Leader Carole James accuses the B.C. Liberals of siphoning off more than half the federal dollars earmarked for childcare spaces in this province and using the money to pay for other programs.

>> Alberta says it's reached child-care deal [CA-AB]
CBC News, 4 May 05
Alberta has reached a verbal agreement with the federal government over child care funding, Children's Services Minister Heather Forsyth says.

>> Tories on child care [CA]
Globe and Mail, 3 May 05
Letter to the editor takes issue with coverage of the Conservative party's child care policies.

>> Minister meets parents over child care [AU]
The Age, 12 Apr 05
Federal Community Services Minister Kay Patterson has told a Melbourne mother not to be "so emotional" about Australia's shortage of child care places.

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This message was forwarded through the Childcare Resource and Research Unit e-mail news notifier.
For information on the CRRU e-mail notifier, including subscription instructions , see
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto, Canada)
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More Important CRRU Links

What's New? - Links to 100+ Canadian, U.S. and international resources from Jan 2000 to the present.
Child Care in the News - 200+ media articles from January 2000 to the present
ISSUE files - links to 20+ theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info
Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- links to ~60 briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

Also from CRRU:

Current developments in Early Childhood Education and Care: Provinces and territories
Regularly updated
"This resource is a collection of useful online readings about current early childhood education and care policy and program delivery issues in each province and territory. Within each jurisdiction, information is organized into three sections: news articles, online documents and useful websites."

- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:

12. Poverty Dispatch Digest :
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- May 5, 2005

POVERTY DISPATCH Digest (Institute for Research on Poverty - U. of Wisconsin)
This digest offers dozens of new links each week to full-text articles in the U.S. media (mostly daily newspapers) on poverty, poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, and much more...
The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a free e-mail service that consists of an e-mail message sent to subscribers each Monday and Thursday, containing a dozen or so links to articles dealing with the areas mentioned above. The weekly Canadian Social Research Links Poverty Dispatch Digest is a compilation, available online, of the two dispatch e-mails for that week --- with the kind permission of IRP.

Here's a one-day sample of the subjects covered in the Poverty Dispatch Digest:

May 5, 2005
Compiled by the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and distributed Mondays and Thursdays

Today's subjects include: Health Care Reform - Opinion // Child Poverty - Opinion // Nonmarital Childbearing // 'Cover the Uninsured Week' - Opinion // School Vouchers // 'Virtual Doctor' Visits and Low-Income Day Care // Welfare to Work Study // Welfare Reform - Wisconsin // African-American Poverty - Wisconsin // Medicaid - Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Texas // Lack of Health Insurance - Iowa, Detroit MI, Oregon, Arkansas // Health Insurance for Low-Income Families - Minnesota // Mental Health Care for Low-Income Children - Milwaukee, WI // Indigent Health Care Program - Hillsborough County, FL // Minimum Wage - Wisconsin, Minnesota, Connecticut // Early Childhood Education - California // High School Dropout Rates - California // Public Transportation for Workers - Rockford County, IL // Public Housing and Employment Training - Milwaukee, WI // Renters' Credit - Minnesota // Affordable Housing Program - Illinois // Panhandling - Madison, WI // Homelessness - King County, WA

Each of the weekly digests below offers dozens of links or more to media articles that are time-sensitive.
The older the link, the more likely it is to either be dead or have moved to an archive - and some archives [but not all] are pay-as-you-go.
[For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH link above]

The Poverty Dispatch weekly digest is a good tool for monitoring what's happening in the U.S.; it's a guide to best practices and lessons learned in America.

Subscribe to the Poverty Dispatch!
Send an e-mail message to John Wolf < > to receive a plain text message twice a week with one to two dozen links to media articles with a focus on poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, health, Medicaid from across the U.S.
And it's free...

Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]

POVERTY DISPATCH description/archive - weekly issues back to July 2004 , avg. 100+ links per issue before December 2004!
NOTE: this archive is part of the Canadian Social Research Links American Non-Governmental Social Research page.

For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH link at the top of this section.
Recently-archived POVERTY DISPATCH weekly digests:

- April 28, 2005
- April 21
- April 14
- April 7
- March 31
- March 24

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:

13. Measuring Social Capital in Italy - April 2005
(Social Capital Gateway)

Social Capital Gateway - Resources for the Study of Social Capital (International resource)
"Social Capital Gateway (formerly Capitale is a personal, non profit, initiative. It is not funded neither by academic nor by private for profit institutions. My primary goals are:
• Providing useful resources for researchers, teachers, students, and practitioners interested in the study of social capital and other related topics, like poverty and development.
• Promoting discussion and ideas exchange on these topics."
[By Fabio Sabatini, site creator and editor]

- incl. links to : Social Capital Resources (Reading List, Digital Libraries, Websites, Directory of Social Scientists) - Resources for Social Sciences (Working papers, Databases and E-Journals) - Social Sciences Departments and Universities all over the world - National and international Organizations and Institutions - much more...

-covers the following thems : Basic concepts - Social capital and the economy - Social capital and development in advanced economies - Social capital and institutions - Social capital and well-being - Social capital and development
in low income countries -
Social capital and transition

Measuring Social Capital in Italy: An Exploratory Analysis (PDF file - 955K, 45 pages)
April 2005
Fabio Sabatini
Università di Roma "La Sapienza"
Working Paper n.12
"...The aim of this paper is to trace a map of Italian local social capital endowments. It focuses on the 'structural'dimension of the concept, as identified with social networks. The analysis is based on a dataset collected by the author including about two hundred indicators of five main social capital dimensions: strong family ties, weak informal ties, voluntary organizations, civic awareness, and political participation."

Web Sites for the Study of Social Capital
- hundreds of links organized under the following headings : Web sites on social capital • Web sites on poverty and development
• Web sites on civil society • Web sites on the welfare state• Web sites on game theory and social interactions

- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page:

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Following are answers given by elementary school-age children to the given questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the Scotch Tape is.
2. Think about it. It was the best way to get more people.
3. Mostly to clean the house.
4. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic, plus super powers, and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We are related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string. I think.

What kind of little girl was your mom?
1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because Dad is such a goofball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than Dad.

What's the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home, and dads just work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power because that's who you have to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't have spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What's the difference between moms and grandmas?
1. About 30 years.
2. You can always count on grandmothers for candy. Sometimes moms don't even have bread on them.

Describe the world's greatest mom?
1. She would be able to make broccoli taste like ice cream.
2. The greatest mom in the world wouldn't make me kiss my fat aunts.
3. She'd always be smiling and keep her opinions to herself.

Is anything about your mom perfect?
1. Her teeth are perfect, but she bought them from the dentist.
2. Her casserole recipes. But we hate them.
3. Just her children.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd dye it, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter -- then she would know my sister did it and not me.


Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there!