Geografie 2013, 118, 372-391

Leisure and social capital: spatial differentiation of voluntary associations in Czechia

Tereza Kůsová

Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Přírodovědecká fakulta, katedra sociální geografie a regionálního rozvoje, Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha 2, Czechia

Received November 2012
Accepted July 2013

The paper deals with leisure activities and their potential for the creation of social capital. Specifically, it focuses on leisure activities developed within voluntary associations, which are important actors in Czechia, especially at the local level. In addition to their potential for the creation of social networks and social capital, their existence reflects the quality of life in the localities. The study aims to assess the spatial distribution of various types of associations in Czechia in the context of broader socio-economical processes and changes. Special attention is paid to the dynamics of the formation of new associations in various types of regions. The used data record the number of associations in the municipalities and regionally specific information on the number of members of the Voluntary Fire-fighters, which is the most widespread association in Czechia.


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