Cohesive Societies Literature Review

by Imogen Baylis, Harris Beider and Mike Hardy

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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.

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