Connecting with Canadians

Research Report:

Mapping Social Cohesion: The State of Canadian Research

by Jane Jenson

Much clarification is needed before drawing any conclusions about the meaning of social cohesion and its contribution to collective well-being.  The first part of this study argues that concerns about social cohesion are a product of our times.  It then goes on to map social cohesion by breaking the concept into its constituent dimensions and by mapping the Canadian literature that addresses at least one of these dimensions.  Gaps and spaces for a research agenda are identified, and the paper ends by stressing that social cohesion has always been and remains a contested concept.

Release Date: 27 Nov 1998
Number of pages: 60
Document number: 15723
Keywords: poverty, research, transformation, conflict resolution, social cohesion