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The Politics of Social Cohesion in Germany, France and the United Kingdom


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Jan Dobbernack
    Pages 22-42
  3. Jan Dobbernack
    Pages 127-161
  4. Jan Dobbernack
    Pages 162-176
  5. Jan Dobbernack
    Pages 177-183
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 184-212

About this book


Across Europe the protection of 'social cohesion' has become an important political objective. This book draws attention to the connection between the cohesive society and the active society. It explores France, Germany and the United Kingdom and challenges the claim that the active conduct of problematic populations can save society from collapse.


Social cohesion comparative politics critical theory interpretive policy analysis Bürgergesellschaft community Germany Gesellschaft governance policy politics Segregation society

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.European University InstituteUK
  2. 2.University of LincolnUK

About the authors

Jan Dobbernack is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Lincoln, UK and has previously held fellowships at the European University Institute, Italy and the University of Bristol, UK. His research interests are in critical social theory and in the politics of cultural diversity in Europe.

Bibliographic information


“Jan Dobbernack tells an important story, going deeply into how governments have constructed social crises and imposed certain declinist social imaginaries, which had as their solution an ‘active society’ discourse used to justify their policies. It is a relevant contribution to understanding, both from academic and policy perspectives, the uses of cohesion imaginaries.” (Bruno Castanho Silva, European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, Vol. 2 (3-4), March, 2016)