Identifying the Links: Social Cohesion and Culture
Keywords:Culture, Social cohesion
AbstractAbstract: The notion of social cohesion is widely used to discuss current economic, social, and political situations. It lacks a clear definition, however. This article's first section reviews some of the ways that social cohesion is used, while cautioning against falling back into nostalgia for a supposedly "golden age." A second section provides a discussion of the reasons why social cohesion is on the agenda in a time of globalization and neo-liberalism. The third section briefly raises some links between social cohesion and culture. The final section, by way of conclusion, raises the following two queries: How can social cohesion be maintained? Can there be "too much" social cohesion? Résumé: On a souvent recours à la notion de cohésion sociale pour discuter de situations économiques, sociales et politiques courantes. Le sens donné à cette notion n'est toutefois pas très clair. Pour le clarifier, cet article passe tout d'abord en revue quelques-unes des manières dont a été employé la notion de « cohésion sociale » dans le passé, tout en évitant de tomber dans la nostalgie d'un prétendu âge d'or de la cohésion sociale. La deuxième partie explore les raisons pour lesquelles la question de la cohésion sociale est évoquée à l'ère de la mondialisation et du néolibéralisme. La troisième partie traite brièvement de liens entre la cohésion sociale et la culture. La dernière partie, en guise de conclusion, pose les deux questions suivantes: comment peut-on maintenir la cohésion sociale et peut-il y avoir « trop » de cohésion sociale?
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