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Cohesive Societies Literature Review

Published by The British Academy

This review seeks to map out the existing academic literature related to social cohesion. It sits alongside a parallel Policy Review and will feed directly into the British Academy’s ongoing programme of work on Cohesive Societies, which aims to understand how societies can remain cohesive in the face of rapid political, social, economic and technological change.

The first phase of the British Academy’s programme of work on Cohesive Societies aims to capture existing work related to social cohesion and five key themes, with a view to undertaking further analysis and developing a programme of events, workshops, briefings and research in phase two.

The five themes of the programme are:

1. Cultural memory and tradition

2. Social economy

3. Meaning and mechanisms of social responsibility

4. Identity and belonging

5. Care for the future

This Literature Review, by Imogen Baylis, Harris Beider and Mike Hardy at Coventry University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, surveys a wide range of literature across humanities and social science disciplines to build an up-to-date picture of academic writing relevant to social cohesion and the five themes.

Publications

Cohesive Societies Policy Review

The British Academy, 2019

This review seeks to map out the current policy context related to social cohesion. It sits alongside a parallel Literature Review and will feed directly into the British Academy’s ongoing programme of work on Cohesive Societies, which aims to understand how societies can remain cohesive in the face of rapid political, social , economic and technological change.

Publication part of

Landscape reviews

These literature and policy reviews map out the academic and policy landscape related to cohesive societies.

Cohesive Societies

How can societies remain cohesive in the face of rapid political, social, economic and technological change? Through this cross-cutting programme, the Academy will draw on its expertise and knowledge to enlighten these issues through debate, publication and research.

Policy and research

The British Academy’s policy and research work is dedicated to applying that insight to policy issues for public benefit and societal wellbeing.