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Journal Article

Reconsidering Social Cohesion: Developing a Definition and Analytical Framework for Empirical Research

Joseph Chan, Ho-Pong To and Elaine Chan
Social Indicators Research
Vol. 75, No. 2 (Jan., 2006), pp. 273-302
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27522534
Page Count: 30
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Abstract

Despite its growing currency in academic and policy circles, social cohesion is a term in need of a clearer and more rigorous definition. This article provides a critical review of the ways social cohesion has been conceptualized in the literature: in many cases, definitions are too loosely made, with a common confusion between the content and the causes or effects of social cohesion. This motivates us to propose a refined definition that we hope is clearer and more rigorous. We will show how our definition could be operationalized into a measurement scheme that facilitates empirical work on social cohesion.

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