Defining social cohesion

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Show simple item record Burns, Justine Hull, George Lefko-Everett, Kate Njozela, Lindokuhle 2018-01-19T09:22:32Z 2018-01-19T09:22:32Z 2018-01
dc.identifier.citation Burns, J., Hull, G., Lefko-Everett K., Njozela, L. (2018). Defining social cohesion. Cape Town: SALDRU, UCT. (SALDRU Working Paper Number 216)
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-928281-77-1
dc.description.abstract Promoting social cohesion is one of the most difficult, yet one of the most important, challenges facing South Africa. However, while there is a widespread agreement that social cohesion influences economic and social development, and that nurturing a more cohesive society is an important policy goal in itself, little progress has been made in trying to measure it and track progress in this domain over time. One of the most severe limitations to this progress is the lack of definitional consensus on social cohesion. It may seem intuitive to describe it as the glue that binds us together, or the forging of a common sense of identity and belonging. To others, it may speak to a willingness to extend trust to outsiders, to respect fellow citizens and uphold their dignity, and to be moved to action in the face of persistent inequality on behalf of those who are marginalised. Alternatively, specifically in the South African context, its very essence may be seen as common humanity embodied in the notion of ubuntu. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This paper was prepared by the Poverty and Inequality Initiative (PII) at the University of Cape Town, with the support of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD). en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Saldru Working Paper;216
dc.subject Social Cohesion en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.title Defining social cohesion en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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