Моральные эмоции и социальные объединения
The problems of the methodology of measuring the cohesion of local communities are considered. Presented method of qualitative evaluation of cohesion local (neighboring) communities allows us to calculate the integral indicator of cohesion, to make a "portrait" community cohesion at the individual indicators, and to identify the types of social cohesion within the community. Recommendations on the application of the methodology and statistical data processing are given. For scientists and specialists developing problems of social integration, methodology and methods of collecting and analyzing sociological data. It can be used in the educational process with students and postgraduates receiving education in the field of sociology and psychology.
The article discusses approaches to the definition of social cohesion, challenges of the conceptualization discussed. Definitions of social cohesion vary not only from one studying it discipline to another, but inside this disciplines as well. Today, "social cohesion" - is not a concept, but the variety different ones. In addition to academic interest, research cohesion stimulated by political debate, in which the term has become increasingly popular. The article begins with a general reconstruction of the cohesion concepts in the classical works on sociology. In the following parts of the paper questions connected with the definition of social cohesion are examined. In studies of small groups we observed group and individual levels of social cohesion.
Early studies of cohesion in social and psychological works considered cohesion in terms of attractiveness of the group to its members. This interpretation has been criticized for its emphasis on the subjective perception of individuals and lack of attention to the group characteristics of cohesion. However, emphasis on groups has disadvantages. Interrelation and contrast between the two levels of cohesion is one of the most serious problems in the research of cohesion. There is an acute question of the interrelationship between rational and affective factors of cohesion. Researchers disagree on whether to consider the cohesion as a process or some condition. In many works cohesion appears as a synonym of solidarity and trust, and in different ways relates to such concepts as inclusion, social capital, social diversity, poverty. Later studies of social cohesion are mainly oriented to the multi-dimensional model. Social cohesion is presented in such studies as a composite concept, which reduces the interaction of independent factors.
Despite a long tradition of research into social cohesion and the development of sophisticated instruments to measure it in different groups, the scientists are far from agreement on the single definition. The paper proposes a new approach to the design of the most successful definition of social cohesion. The essence of this approach is to appeal to the everyday usage of the "cohesion" concept. Ordinary language is the key to understanding the cultural context (the "form of life"), which belongs to members of a particular community. Understanding the categories of ordinary language is not aimed at finding their essence but not a description of how and in what circumstances members of observed community use these categories. Search of the ordinary values of social cohesion is a variant of the necessary preparatory work, which is often by passed in research practice. Attention to use the concept of "cohesion" in ordinary language practice avoids confusion and controversy surrounding the definition of cohesion, providing a reliable criterion for its understanding.
In the article the main sociological problem of social solidarity is discussed in terms of sociology of emotions. Emotions as integral part of human behavior operate on micro- and macrolevel of social structure and promote social consensus and make adjustments to normative behavior. On the basis of analysis of the body of works on sociology of emotions the author concludes that sociologists tend to study social solidarity through «moral emotions». Namely these emotions have strong effects on individual and social behavior and hold up moral order and social solidarity. In the author’s opinion moral emotions are the part of emotional regimes, which are developed in social order and support social solidarity.
We discuss the theoretical and applied aspects of coexistence, interaction and confrontation between "modern" and "traditional" forms of social cohesion. We demonstrate the adaptive potential of different types of cohesion in the context of socio-cultural transformations. Drawing on empirical material we analyse the mechanisms and factors of integration and fragmentation at different levels of the social organization and communication.
Social capital is shown to be connected not only with macroeconomic indicators at societal level but with peoples economic behavior (n = 634). Relationships of social capital and attitude to money are considered. Assumption that social capital can fulfi ll the regulative function in peoples attitude to material resources which can manifest itself at individual level in peculiarities of attitude to money is expressed. As far as different forms of capital can convert into each other, persons high social capital must be joined with his lesser money - orientation. Social capital at the individual level has a negative infl uence on intensity of the following monetary attitudes (according to A. Furnham): Retention, Power, Inadequacy, Security.
The article considers social cohesion as a theoretical concept. Drawing on the works of the classics of sociology and modern scholars, the authors reveal different semantic facets of this concept, including a commitment to the common good, or the mechanism of intergroup conflict, a mutual benefit or a resource of understanding, a strategic priority of social policy or a construct of nationalistic discourse. Each of these codes refers to certain theories that vary in their explanation of social order, conditions and mechanisms of cohesion, and to trace their connection with ideologies, doctrines and strategies of social policy. The article presents systematization of analytical approaches and suggests a number of ideas concerning the study of a variety of bases and forms of social cohesion in contemporary Russian society. Сohesion can be conceptualized in the following interrelated dimensions: firstly, as systematic efforts of the main actors, ensuring the well-being of the population and social integration by means of an institutional framework, including institutions and agencies implementing this policy in practice. Social cohesion is both the goal and the means of such policy. Secondly, it can be understood as the prevalence of values of cohesion, its symbolic production, particularly in mass media and popular culture. Third, social cohesion can be identified in the mechanisms of national and in-group mobilization, as well as the formation of the public sphere on the themes of cohesion, trust and inclusion.