“Social cohesion” broadly refers to the factors that hold a society together, including shared values and identity, feelings of belonging, civic participation, and political legitimacy. A body of theory based on the experience of communities in high-income countries suggests that strong social cohesion can act as a protective factor against violence. But despite rapid urbanisation in the Global South, there has been little empirical research to date on social cohesion and its relationship to violence in middle- and low-income countries.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 11:00
Research in Action
PovertyJustice and securityPoverty alleviationEconomic and social developmentGender
Durban, Mumbai, and Rio exemplify the rapid growth and transformation that has gripped cities across the Global South. They share a host of challenges, including the violence and insecurity that accompany rapid change.