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Community cohesion in crisis?New dimensions of diversity and difference$
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John Flint and David Robinson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420244

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420244.001.0001

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Beyond ‘social glue’? ‘Faith’ and community cohesion

Beyond ‘social glue’? ‘Faith’ and community cohesion

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(p.119) six Beyond ‘social glue’? ‘Faith’ and community cohesion
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Community cohesion in crisis?
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Robert Furbey

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420244.003.0007

This chapter talks about the impact of faith and faith organisations on social cohesion. It acknowledges the potential divisiveness within certain religious interpretations and practices, and provides sufficient evidence that faith is positively related to civic and community participation. One section presents comments on the instrumental role that is attributed to faith communities in the community-cohesion agenda. It also argues that the complexity and independence of faith groups should not be misrepresented as non-allegiance to the secular state within overly simplistic functional and consensual definitions of community cohesion.

Keywords:   faith, faith organisations, social cohesion, faith communities, faith groups, secular state, participation, community

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