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Social Cohesion

The capacity of a society to ensure the well-being of all its members, minimizing disparities and avoiding marginalization.

(Council of Europe. (2008). Report of the High Level Task Force on Social Cohesion in the 21st Century.Social Cohesion. Strasbourg.)


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"Social cohesion has become an important theme in British social policy in the period since the riots in Britain's Northern mill towns (Oldham, Bradford and Burnley) in the summer of 2001. In investigating these, academic Ted Cantle drew heavily on the concept of social cohesion, and the New Labour government (particularly then Home Minister David Blunkett) in turn widely promoted the notion.

Pal defines it as: A sense of belonging to a community that shares values and a sense of purpose and commitment.

References


Soroka, Stuart, Richard Johnston, and Keith Banting. 2007. "Ties that bind? Social cohesion and diversity in Canada." Pp. 489-546 in Belonging? Diversity, Recognition, and Shared Citizenship in Canada, edited by K. Banting, T. Courchene, and L. Seidle. Montreal: The Institute for Research on Public Policy.
     
Social Cohesion

The capacity of a society to ensure the well-being of all its members, minimizing disparities and avoiding marginalization.

(Council of Europe. (2008). Report of the High Level Task Force on Social Cohesion in the 21st Century.Social Cohesion. Strasbourg.)


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"Social cohesion has become an important theme in British social policy in the period since the riots in Britain's Northern mill towns (Oldham, Bradford and Burnley) in the summer of 2001. In investigating these, academic Ted Cantle drew heavily on the concept of social cohesion, and the New Labour government (particularly then Home Minister David Blunkett) in turn widely promoted the notion.

Pal defines it as: A sense of belonging to a community that shares values and a sense of purpose and commitment.

References


Soroka, Stuart, Richard Johnston, and Keith Banting. 2007. "Ties that bind? Social cohesion and diversity in Canada." Pp. 489-546 in Belonging? Diversity, Recognition, and Shared Citizenship in Canada, edited by K. Banting, T. Courchene, and L. Seidle. Montreal: The Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Pal, L. (2006). Beyond Policy Analysis: Public Issue Management in Turbulent Times. Third Edition. Toronto: Nelson – Thomson.

Approved for glossaryposting by Ben Eisen on January 2, 2011


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