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Is social cohesion the missing link in preventing violence?

21 April 2016
11:00 - 13:00

Date:     21 April 2016
Time:     11:00 to 13:00

Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town


Dr Don Pinnock
Research Fellow at the Centre of Criminology and Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI), UCT
Ms Anine Kriegler
PhD candidate at the Centre of Criminology, UCT
Associate Professor Malose Langa
School of Community and Human Development at the University of Witwatersrand
Dr Vanessa Barolsky
Research Specialist, Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery Programme, Human Sciences Research Council

It seems common sense to assume that communities that are socially cohesive, or bound together by shared values and identities and a sense of belonging will be less violent. This idea has found its way into policy in South Africa with ‘social cohesion’ now being an important outcome in the country’s medium-term strategic framework for national development.

Until now there has been very little empirical research in South Africa that seeks to understand  and explain the relationship between social cohesion and violence. This seminar will launch a special edition of South African Crime Quarterly that showcases this research and investigates the role of social cohesion and the related concept of collective efficacy in reducing violence in South Africa.

You are invited to join the authors of articles in this  special edition in a discussion about their findings that show that social cohesion can act both to prevent and enable violence in South African communities.

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of DST.

RSVP by 18 April 2016

Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Carmen August, Tel (021) 466 7827, Fax (021) 461 0299, or ;

Durban :  The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001 , Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or , or Hlengiwe Zulu at e-mail

Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria.