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Cohesive Societies: Scoping Concepts and Priorities

Edited by The British Academy

This publication summarises discussions at a Scoping Seminar held at the British Academy on 30 January 2019.

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

To explore the key themes of the Cohesive Societies programme, the British Academy commissioned two landscape reviews.

The Literature Review surveys a wide range of literature across humanities and social science disciplines to build an up-to-date picture of academic writing relevant to societal cohesion and the five themes.

The Policy Review maps out current policy relevant to societal cohesion and the five themes at different levels of government in the UK.

The findings of these landscape reviews were presented at a Scoping Seminar held at the British Academy on 30 January 2019. This report summarises the discussion at the Scoping Seminar.

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.

Cohesive Societies Literature Review

The British Academy, 2019

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.

Publication part of

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.