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Social Cohesion in the Western World

What Holds Societies Together: Insights from the Social Cohesion Radar

Authors: Dragolov, G., Ignácz, Z.S., Lorenz, J., Delhey, J., Boehnke, K., Unzicker, K.

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  • Provides a much needed analysis and review of social cohesion
  • Offers a comprehensive view of conditions conducive to social cohesion
  • Includes a vast data set from a large number of countries over a 25-year period
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Many people in the Western world are concerned that the social fabric of societies is fraying. This book constitutes the first-of-its-kind systematic account of social cohesion, from theory through methodology to empirical evidence. Readers are introduced to the academically developed Social Cohesion Radar of Bertelsmann Stiftung, a globally active non-governmental organization. The Social Cohesion Radar defines and measures cohesion as characterized by three core aspects: resilient social relations, positive emotional connectedness between people and the community, and a pronounced focus on the common good. Using high-quality academic and institutional data sources, the Social Cohesion Radar provides insights into the level and development of social cohesion over a period of almost 25 years internationally, among 34 European Union and OECD members, and regionally, among the 16 federal states of Germany. It further provides insights into what influences cohesion, and what cohesion is good for. One of the key findings is that social cohesion promotes a happier life for everyone.

About the authors

Kai Unzicker is Senior Project Manager at the Bertelsmann Stiftung in Gütersloh and is heading the Social Cohesion Radar project. He holds a degree in sociology from Philipps-University Marburg and a doctoral degree in educational science from the University of Bielefeld. Before joining Bertelsmann Stiftung he was a research associate at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (University of Bielefeld).

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“The authors succinctly and coherently present a sophisticated analysis of social cohesion and its concomitant factors … . The book would be of interest to scholars of social cohesion, and social cohesion policy makers. I would also recommend the book to quantitative methods instructors. Dragolov et al. succeed in presenting complex statistical methods in an easily understood manner, making it accessible to those without a strong background in quantitative methodology.” (Stephen Richard Trotter, Nordic Journal of Migration Research, Vol. 7 (3), September, 2017)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-32464-7
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Softcover $69.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Cohesion in the Western World
Book Subtitle
What Holds Societies Together: Insights from the Social Cohesion Radar
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-32464-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-32464-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-32463-0
Series ISSN
2211-7644
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXII, 138
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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