• What are you interested in?

  • En español

  • Learn key terms

    Find definitions for key terms used in this blog in our glossary
  • Do you want more?

    Debates and polls
    Join in current debates in Social Science and vote and check the results of polls about hot topics.

    Talk to the experts
    A space for exchange between the blog's readers and the Social Polis experts. Leave your questions and comments for the authors of the papers.

    Test your knowledge
    Online interactive quizzes to test your knowledge on Social Science.

  • Read the original Social Polis papers

    Social polarisation, the labour market and economic restructuring in Europe: an urban perspective
    Morlicchio and Pratschke

    Housing, Neighbourhood and Health: Research Review
    Cameron, Gilroy and Miciukiewick

    Cities, social cohesion and the environment
    Swyngedouw and Cook

    Towards a research agenda on Governance, Citizenship and Social Cohesion in Cities
    García, Pradel, Eizaguirre, Martínez and Terrones

    Super Diversity, Multiple Identities and Place
    Dukes and Musterd

    If you are interested in reading these papers, contact Social Polis.

  • References

  • Advertisements

Key term definition: Social cohesion

It is not completely clear what social cohesion means, and there is no unanimous consensus about the term either. The term is widely used in European policy and research, and brings up a powerful image of a society that hangs together, that has sufficient unity to avoid continual conflict and division. It is conceived as the ideal solution to all social tensions and problems in modern cities, such as social exclusion, poverty and violence.

However, social cohesion cannot really be defined or taken for granted, because it refers to the contradictions of the human condition and capitalism:

  • As regards the human condition, people desire to be part of something and to belong, but also to be different and unique. People want to be treated equal and also valorise diversity.
  • As regards the contradiction inherent in capitalist modernization, in capitalism change and innovation are the main drivers, but at the same time people aspire to belong and to lead a good and secure life, and therefore, there are constant tensions between stability and transformation which people, communities and cities have to negotiate.

One Response

  1. I agree there is a lot of confusion……especially when you try to reconcile the micro, macro, and meso levels of inquiry.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: