Bilder av samhörighet - teorier, ideal och praktik

Detta är en Master-uppsats från Lunds universitet/Socialhögskolan

Sammanfattning: Images of togetherness - theories, ideals and practice The aim of this thesis was to examine images of togetherness and its practical roots in civil society. More specifically its aim was to find out how practitioners from the civil society themselves perceive and define the concept of togetherness and how they strive to create togetherness in their field of work. Also, its aim was to examine different ways of understanding the concept of togetherness. This was done through a qualitative case study in which a local actor from the civil society - Sofielunds Folkets Hus in Malmoe - constituted the arena. The theoretical concepts bonding/bridging and qualitative/quantitative social capital was used to analyze the empirical data. Durkheim’s concept of mechanical and organic solidarity was also used to help understand different types of togetherness. The analysis was divided into three different themes: the definition of togetherness and how it’s created, togetherness as a concept and the various forms of togetherness, and togetherness and equality - a paradox? As a conclusion the result can be seen as having points of contact with Putnam’s theory of how social capital is created. Also, togetherness can be understood when the concept is broken down into the different forms of bonding/bridging and qualitative/quantitative social capital and mechanic/organic solidarity. Furthermore, there seems to be a contradiction between bonding/qualitative and bridging/quantitative forms of togetherness, where bridging/quantitative togetherness seems harder to create, even though this is what Sofielunds Folkets Hus is aiming to do. In the desire for a more equal society, where people are healthier, togetherness is often seen as an important ingredient. But could it be that some forms of togetherness result in less equality?

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