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Social Cohesion in the Western World

What Holds Societies Together: Insights from the Social Cohesion Radar

  • Georgi Dragolov
  • Zsófia S. Ignácz
  • Jan Lorenz
  • Jan Delhey
  • Klaus Boehnke
  • Kai Unzicker
Book

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Georgi Dragolov, Zsófia S. Ignácz, Jan Lorenz, Jan Delhey, Klaus Boehnke, Kai Unzicker
    Pages 1-13
  3. Georgi Dragolov, Zsófia S. Ignácz, Jan Lorenz, Jan Delhey, Klaus Boehnke, Kai Unzicker
    Pages 15-34
  4. Georgi Dragolov, Zsófia S. Ignácz, Jan Lorenz, Jan Delhey, Klaus Boehnke, Kai Unzicker
    Pages 35-45
  5. Georgi Dragolov, Zsófia S. Ignácz, Jan Lorenz, Jan Delhey, Klaus Boehnke, Kai Unzicker
    Pages 47-58
  6. Georgi Dragolov, Zsófia S. Ignácz, Jan Lorenz, Jan Delhey, Klaus Boehnke, Kai Unzicker
    Pages 59-77
  7. Georgi Dragolov, Zsófia S. Ignácz, Jan Lorenz, Jan Delhey, Klaus Boehnke, Kai Unzicker
    Pages 79-92
  8. Georgi Dragolov, Zsófia S. Ignácz, Jan Lorenz, Jan Delhey, Klaus Boehnke, Kai Unzicker
    Pages 93-109
  9. Georgi Dragolov, Zsófia S. Ignácz, Jan Lorenz, Jan Delhey, Klaus Boehnke, Kai Unzicker
    Pages 111-116
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 117-138

About this book

Introduction

Many people in the Western world are concerned that the social fabric of societies is fraying. This book constitutes the first-of-its-kind systematic account of social cohesion, from theory through methodology to empirical evidence. Readers are introduced to the academically developed Social Cohesion Radar of Bertelsmann Stiftung, a globally active non-governmental organization. The Social Cohesion Radar defines and measures cohesion as characterized by three core aspects: resilient social relations, positive emotional connectedness between people and the community, and a pronounced focus on the common good. Using high-quality academic and institutional data sources, the Social Cohesion Radar provides insights into the level and development of social cohesion over a period of almost 25 years internationally, among 34 European Union and OECD members, and regionally, among the 16 federal states of Germany. It further provides insights into what influences cohesion, and what cohesion is good for. One of the key findings is that social cohesion promotes a happier life for everyone.

Keywords

Social cohesion Social capital Quality of life Social indicators International comparison

Authors and affiliations

  • Georgi Dragolov
    • 1
  • Zsófia S. Ignácz
    • 2
  • Jan Lorenz
    • 3
  • Jan Delhey
    • 4
  • Klaus Boehnke
    • 5
  • Kai Unzicker
    • 6
  1. 1.Bremen Int. Graduate School of Soc. Sci.Jacobs University BremenBremenGermany
  2. 2.Institute of SociologyFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Bremen Inter. Graduate School of Soc.SciJacobs University BremenBremenGermany
  4. 4.Institute for SociologyOtto-von-Guericke Univ. MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany
  5. 5.Bremen Inter. Graduate School of Soc.SciJacobs University BremenBremenGermany
  6. 6.Bertelsmann StiftungGüterslohGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32464-7
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-32463-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-32464-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-7644
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-7652
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