16 Oct @12:30

Social cohesion: what does it mean, how can we measure it, what do we find?

Speaker(s): Prof Anthony Heath

Date: 12:30 on Mon, 16 Oct 2017

Duration: 1.5 hours

Seminar Series: Lunchtime Seminars

Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building,Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UQ

Abstract: This paper proposes a ranges of indicators for measuring social cohesion, such as measures of unifying forces like national identity, divisive forces such as disagreements over redistribution, immigration or Brexit, and indicators of disconnection between citizens and society. Using these indicators the paper tests claims that Britain has become less cohesive as a result of increasing inequality and ethnic diversity. It also compares cohesion in Britain with that in peer countries such as Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden and the USA

Anthony Heath, CBE, FBA studied Classics and Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge. He became Oxford's first Professor of Sociology in 1999, and founded the Oxford Department of Sociology.
At Oxford he first worked with Chelly Halsey and John Ridge investigating social class inequalities in education, analysing the 1972 Nuffield social mobility survey and working in the political arithmetic tradition. He has been closely associated with this tradition of research ever since, analysing large-scale social surveys to investigate 'real world' issues of class, gender and ethnic stratification principles.
More recently he has focussed on issues of ethnic inequality, particularly on ‘ethnic penalties’ in education and the labour market. He coordinated a major cross-national investigation of ethnic inequalities in the labour market in Western countries, comparing the magnitude of the ethnic penalties experienced by different minorities in different countries. Current work includes a major new national study of ethnic minority political integration based on the Ethnic Minority British Election Survey. He leads the Centre for Social Investigation, an interdisciplinary research group based at Nuffield College. He has written reports for government on discrimination in the labour market, social cohesion, and on national identity.