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Giving Behaviours and Social Cohesion

How People Who ‘Give’ Make Better Communities

Lorna Zischka

‘Giving’ time and money to the community indicates the existence of relationships that draw people together, and ‘who people give to’ indicates how inclusive these relational networks are. Using UK data for the analysis, Zischka argues that a person’s willingness to ‘give' is not only influenced by social cohesion; it also helps to generate social cohesion. For thriving communities, we therefore need to consider our ‘giving’ as well as our ‘getting’.
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Key Surveys

British Household Panel Survey: University of Essex. Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). British Household Panel Survey: Waves 6-18, 1996–2008. Supplied by the UK Data Archive.
Citizenship Survey: Ipsos MORI in partnership with TNS-BMRB, commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Citizenship Survey (2008–2011). Supplied by the UK Data Archive.
Understanding Society: University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER). Survey delivery by National Centre for Social Research and TNS-BMRB. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Understanding Society: Waves 1–3, 2009–2012. Supplied by the UK Data Archive.