Social cohesion, diversity, and inequality
Growing economic inequality and an increasing presence of immigrants and ethnic minorities have come to be common features of contemporary liberal democracies. Both of these factors are detrimental to the social cohesiveness of a society, a topic of sociological interest that has attracted increasingly more attention from policy makers and the media.
Social cohesion is the capacity of a society to maximize the well-being of its citizens through a common understanding of what it means to be a member of that society, fostering a sense of belonging to a national community.
This research examines how societies cope with threats to social cohesion from immigration and the increased diversity following from it in an international comparative setting, with special focus on the role of played by economic inequality. The integration of immigrants, social capital, political policies, and inequality dynamics are the dimensions on which social cohesion is examined.
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