Prepping is fast becoming mainstream, but new government advice fails to address inequality, and could cause division between the haves and have-nots.
Real social cohesion comes from the slow and unglamorous work of listening to people carefully, paying them respect and giving them the benefit of the doubt.
President Cyril Ramaphosa tried to foster social cohesion in his speeches during a pandemic that had exposed the nation’s divisions.
On the positive side, good progress has been made on gender equality and fewer people are dying of unnatural causes.
Higher levels of income inequality in youth are associated with increased ‘deaths of despair’ in young Canadians.
The explosive viral spread of the grainy but dramatic footage shows the limits of mainstream media ethics.
But on the positive side, support for multiculturalism and ethnic diversity continues to grow and is likely to be a valuable asset to our social cohesion in future.
Some fascists claim that democracy and fascism have the same goal – to give effect to the will of the people. But who the people are is where the ideologies divide.
Isolation and exclusion are common and damaging experiences.
Western governments’ anti-terrorism strategies are now colliding with public sympathy for Ukraine, and its people’s desperation to fight Russia with any means.
Dealing with what have been called ‘wicked’ and ‘adaptive’ problems is a huge challenge for political leaders. A ‘clumsy’ response can be inevitable – and even desirable.
Over the course of the pandemic, there’s been an increase in many aspects of social cohesion.
But this may be slipping as lockdowns drag on. Here’s how we measured social cohesion, and why.
In the wake of the Christchurch and Auckland attacks, should official definitions of terrorism conflate the actions of a white supremacy extremist and a radical Islamist extremist?
Parents and caregivers are central to promoting child safety. Improving their ability to prevent injury to children is key.
International student demand for places in Australia has fallen by a third over the course of the pandemic, while for our key competitors demand has remained stable or even increased.
Hunger is not the cause of the current social upheaval. But, taken along with other deep-rooted structural inequalities, it provides additional fuel for socio-political conflagration.
The low levels of familiarity with key historical events indicate that there are serious shortcomings in the development of national collective memory in South Africa.
The country still has a way to go in addressing the challenges of social inequity. But there has been some progress in every sphere of government.
The Freedom Charter process was an imperfect but impressive attempt at capturing the will of the people and articulating an alternative vision to apartheid South Africa.
It’s the simple, everyday encounters and experiences – a friendly wave, a helping hand – that refugees say makes them feel part of the Australian community.