The question of social cohesion is a classic concern. It is by no means a new theme among social scientists and policymakers who try to unravel the causes and consequences of social cohesion on the one hand, and antecedents as well as succedents of social erosion on the other hand. Andy Green’s and Jan German Janmaat’s Regimes of Social Cohesion is another good attempt to comprehend the complexities and ramifications of social cohesion as a concept and its use in policy discourses.
Divided into seven chapters, the book articulates a three-pronged analytical approach with the following objectives: (i) lay down “some necessary conceptual ground-clearing” on social cohesion; (ii) ascertain “how the term ‘social cohesion’ can be used in a more scientific way that advances theory and provide a basis for empirical analysis;” and (iii) strive to “provide a usable, non-normative and non-exclusive definition of social cohesion that can then be operationalized in research to analyze the different forms of social cohesion which may be identified in actual societies of the non-normative social types” (p.4).
How to Cite:
Buendia, R. G. (2016) review of Regimes of Social Cohesion: Societies and the Crisis of Globalization, Andy Green and Jan German Janmaat, Journal of Global Analysis, 6, no. 2: 216-218.