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The cultural prerequisites of social cohesion With special attention to the nation of Denmark

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the cultural prerequisites for the creation of social cohesion, with particular reference to Denmark, a nation that has been found to exhibit strong social cohesion. Design/methodology/approach – The different cultural elements that characterize a society with strong cohesion are investigated and an argument is presented as to how cohesion can be conserved. Findings – Culture is understood as a social order based on mainly informal norms. Of these, trust is vital in creating social cohesion. However, trust occurs only under specific conditions, and in this regard the Danish nation, understood as a cultural community, is of interest. There is in Denmark a strong civil society characterized by honesty, reliability, and mutuality, which historically is due to the existence of several civil movements. In contrast to the idea that society can be integrated through policy initiatives, it is proposed that social cohesion occurs precisely because of the existence of a certain culture. Originality/value – The cultural and national aspect of trust is often underestimated in scientific research. The paper shows the value of culture and national community. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy Emerald Publishing
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