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Is social cohesion the missing link in preventing violence?
Date: 21 April 2016
Time: 11h00 - 13h00
Venue: HSRC video conference room, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria

It seems logical that communities bound together by shared values and identities and a sense of belonging will be less violent.

This idea has found its way into policy in South Africa and ‘social cohesion’ is now an important outcome in the country’s medium-term strategic framework for national development.

New research however shows that social cohesion can both prevent and enable violence in South African communities. This seminar will launch a special edition of South African Crime Quarterly that showcases the research and investigates the role of social cohesion and the related concept of collective efficacy in reducing violence.

Until now there has been very little empirical research in the country on the relationship between social cohesion and violence. Authors of articles in this special edition will discuss their findings and what they mean for policy.

Chair: Chandré Gould, Senior Research Fellow, Governance, Crime and Justice Division, ISS

Speakers:

  • Professor Don Pinnock, Research Fellow, Centre of Criminology and Safety and Violence Initiative, UCT
  • Anine Kriegler, PhD candidate at the Centre of Criminology, UCT
  • Associate Professor Malose Langa, School of Community and Human Development, University of Witwatersrand
  • Vanessa Barolsky, Research Specialist, Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery Programme, Human Sciences Research Council

This event is cohosted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

HSRC

This event is made possible with support from the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the Open Society Foundation South Africa. The ISS is also grateful for support from the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
Venue:
HSRC video conference room
134 Pretorius Street
Pretoria
RSVP:
Helen Chanda
Phone: +27 12 346 9500
Email: hchanda@issafrica.org
Enquiries:
Chandré Gould
Email: cgould@issafrica.org
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