Culture, Connectedness, and Social Cohesion in Spain
Keywords:Social cohesion, Sociohistorical, Spain
AbstractAbstract: "Culture and social cohesion" is not (yet) an important policy or media issue in Spain. This article analyzes the reasons for this, emphasizing the importance of the full sociohistorical context (such as the late development of the "welfare" state, the importance of families in producing cohesion, and the territorial aspects of cultural diversity). New social developments, including the rise of economic globalization, the growth of individualism, and the increase of immigrants from poor countries, all converge around the question of "culture and social cohesion." A broader vision is needed of the possible actors, activities, and systems to help manage these issues, together with a greater emphasis on the role of local partnerships in the production of social capital and in building a more active general cultural participation. Résumé: « Culture et cohésion sociale » ne sont pas (encore) des questions politiques ou médiatiques importantes en Espagne. Cette étude analyse les raisons de cette situation, mettant l'accent sur l'importance du contexte socio-historique complet (tel que le développement tardif de l'État providence, l'importance des familles pour la cohésion, et les aspects territoriaux de la diversité culturelle). Des développements sociaux, y compris la montée de la mondialisation économique, de l'individualisme, et de l'émigration de pays pauvres, convergent autour de la question de « culture et cohésion sociale ». Il devient nécessaire d'acquérir une vision plus large des acteurs, activités et systèmes pouvant aider à gérer ces questions. Il devient nécessaire aussi d'insister plus fort sur le rôle d'associations locales dans la production de capital social et sur une participation générale plus active dans la culture.
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