Ingenious Communities: Catholic parishes as creators of social capital
Dr. Bob Dixon
This paper is a summary of Dr. Bob Dixon’s PhD thesis ‘Ingenious communities, Catholic parishes in Australia as creators of social capital and religious social goods’. The doctorate was undertaken at Monash University under the supervision of Professor Gary Bouma, with the assistance of Associate Professor Arunachalam Dharmalingam and Dr Andrew Singleton.
In the thesis, Bob has created a theoretical framework for an understanding of Australian Catholic parishes by linking together social capital theory, the ecclesiology of communion, and the Core Qualities of healthy churches developed by the National Church Life Survey team.