The Rise and Fall of Social Cohesion The Construction and De-construction of Social Trust in the US, UK, Sweden and Denmark

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-08-16
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author Biography

Christian Albrekt Larsen, Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark

Christian Albrekt Larsen is Professor at Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies at Aalborg University, Denmark. He has published a number of books and articles primarily about the Danish and Nordic welfare state, including The institutional logic of welfare attitudes: How welfare regimes influence public support" (2006).

Table of Contents

1. The Rise and Fall of Social Cohesion
Part 1: The Rise and Fall of the Middle-Class Society: A Kernel of Truth
2. The Three Threats to the Social Fabric of the "Golden Age"
3. The Contingent Consequences of the Three Threats
Part 2: The Importance of Perceptions
4. A Social Constructivist Theory of Economic Inequality and Trust
5. Perceptions of Middle-Class Society and Social Trust: A Micro- Perspective
Part 3: The Construction of members of the imagined national community: The Case of "the Bottom"
6. How to Study the Social Construction of "the Bottom"
7. The Media Poor and the Stories about them
8. The Stereotypes of "the Bottom" and "the Middle"
Part 4: The Contemporary Challenges: Vicious - and Virtuous - Feedback Circles
9. Public Opinion towards Integrative Policies
10. Increased Ethnic Diversity: A Threat to Social Cohesion
11. The Ability to Overcome Out-group Perceptions: Face-to-face Interaction Revisited
Social Cohesion: A Process of Construction and De-construction

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