Pride and purpose: reflections on time banking practice for fostering social networks in wellbeing improvement schemes

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This paper explores the relationship between social capital and a community initiative known as timebanking. Its purpose is to offer a more critical account of the literature to date, which suggests time banking generates improved health outcomes because it facilitates bridging social capital. Drawing on Cattell’s (2011) analysis of social networks the paper offers an alternative account. It suggests a more nuanced view of social networks shows the development of different networks by members, resulting from gendered forms of participation. The consequences of this is that whilst different network forms provide sources of pride and coping mechanisms for members, for women they inhabit more diverse networks which offer greater benefits whilst men may still experience some forms of exclusion and isolation through their participation.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-38
JournalJournal of Social Policy
Early online date17 Jun 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Jun 2020


  • timebanking, social networks, social capital