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A connected society

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Abstract:

This essay focuses on the contribution that connectedness can play in the search for equality. After discussing the relationship between egalitarian empowerment and social connectedness, it describes the economic, political and personal benefits that connectedness can bring, and the harm done by the lack of such connections. It also reflects on how policy-makers could tackle the project of building a connected society. Being well connected is part of an individual's social capital, and of these connections bridging ties are the most important. This is why spatial social segregation exacerbates inequality – and racial segregation in the Southern United States is an extreme example of this.

Keywords: BRIDGING TIES; CONNECTEDNESS; EQUALITY; SEGREGATION; SOCIAL CAPITAL

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3898/136266213806045719

Publication date: April 9, 2013

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