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Thinking CollectivelySocial Policy, Collective Action and the Common Good$
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Paul Spicker

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447346890

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447346890.001.0001

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Collective values

Collective values

(p.131) 8 Collective values
Thinking Collectively

Paul Spicker

Policy Press

Thinking about issues collectively changes the meaning of key values, such as liberty, equality and solidarity. Collective action is often seen as a value in itself; ideas of cooperation, social capital, solidarity and social cohesion are morally approved. The processes that lead people to act together, such as identity, reciprocity, loyalty and solidarity, are all valued in their own right. And various collective actions, such as participation in cultural life, family values and defence, are seen as desirable. These are not necessarily the values of the political left.

Keywords:   Collectivism, Cooperation, Solidarity, Culture, Identity, Social cohesion

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