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Reconsidering social cohesion: Developing a definition and analytical framework for empirical research

Joseph Chan / Ho-Pong To / Elaine Chan (2006)

Key facts

Journal/Publisher
Social Indicators Research
Type of publication
Journal article
Elements of social cohesion
Trust
Identity/feeling of belonging
Participation
Cooperation
Geographical focus
Theoretical
Main thematic areas
Concept & measurement

Summary

Despite its growing currency in academic and policy circles, social cohesion is a term in need of a clearer and more rigorous definition. This article provides a critical review of the ways social cohesion has been conceptualized in the literature: in many cases, definitions are too loosely made, with a common confusion between the content and the causes or effects of social cohesion. This motivates us to propose a refined definition that we hope is clearer and more rigorous. We will show how our definition could be operationalized into a measurement scheme that facilitates empirical work on social cohesion.

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