Promoting social cohesion is one of the most difficult, yet one of the most important, challenges facing South Africa. However, while there is a widespread agreement that social cohesion influences economic and social development, and that nurturing a more cohesive society is an important policy goal in itself, little progress has been made in trying to measure it and track progress in this domain over time. One of the most severe limitations to this progress is the lack of definitional consensus on social cohesion. It may seem intuitive to describe it as the glue that binds us together, or the forging of a common sense of identity and belonging. To others, it may speak to a willingness to extend trust to outsiders, to respect fellow citizens and uphold their dignity, and to be moved to action in the face of persistent inequality on behalf of those who are marginalised. Alternatively, specifically in the South African context, its very essence may be seen as common humanity embodied in the notion of ubuntu.
on the same regionInstitutional documentpublished on01 Sep 2018Institutional documentpublished on01 Sep 2018Institutional documentpublished on01 Sep 2018Institutional documentpublished on01 Sep 2018Institutional documentpublished on01 Sep 2018Research documentThe Gap Between Rich and Poor: South African Society’s Biggest Divide Depends on Where You Think You Fit Inpublished on01 Jun 2018
on the same topicInstitutional documentpublished on01 Sep 2018Research documentpublished on01 Aug 2018Vidéopublished on01 Jul 2018Vidéopublished on01 Jul 2018Vidéopublished on01 Jul 2018Institutional documentpublished on01 Jun 2018
from the same collectionResearch documentpublished on01 Aug 2018Research documentpublished on01 Jul 2018Research documentThe Gold Digger and the Machine: Evidence on the Distributive Effect of the Artisanal and Industrial Gold Rushes in Burkina Fasopublished on01 Jul 2018Research documentpublished on01 Jun 2018Research documentThe Gap Between Rich and Poor: South African Society’s Biggest Divide Depends on Where You Think You Fit Inpublished on01 Jun 2018Research documentpublished on01 Apr 2018