Social Cohesion

‘Social cohesion’ refers to the capacity of social groups or societies more widely to cohere in associations of like-minded individuals, demonstrated by the willingness of their members to act cooperatively across boundaries of ethnicity, class, and faith. It can refer to theoretical models of social relations, or assessments of the degrees of cohesion, or to strategies for developing and sustaining conflict-free relationships. Shared religious beliefs and practices are one indication as to the extent of social cohesion in a society. Religious communities are also thought in some cases to be exemplary expressions of social cohesion, demanding as they do shared beliefs, behaviours, and acceptance of structures of traditional power amongst members. However, interreligious conflict can also be a signifier of very poor social cohesion. This ...

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