Social inclusion, social movements, and the characteristics of late modernity

Cannon, S. 2003, Social inclusion, social movements, and the characteristics of late modernity, in ASPC 2003 : Australian Social Policy Conference Program & Abstracts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, N.S.W., pp. 1-16.

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Title Social inclusion, social movements, and the characteristics of late modernity
Author(s) Cannon, S.
Conference name Australian Social Policy Conference (2003 : Sydney, N.S.W.)
Conference location Sydney, N.S.W.
Conference dates 9-11 Jul. 2003
Title of proceedings ASPC 2003 : Australian Social Policy Conference Program & Abstracts
Publication date 2003
Start page 1
End page 16
Publisher University of New South Wales
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Summary In discussing the ideology of social inclusion, this paper demonstrates that the composition of community groups in a period of late modernity is worthy of consideration. Although it would appear, on the surface at least, that previously stable community institutions, such as family, organised religion, trade unions, occupation and residential stability, and so on, are being challenged by a broad rejection of the once powerful tool of tradition, society's attachment to a belief in the symbolic value of community remains strong. In an environment however, in which the interaction and interdependence of human activity is subject to continual re-evaluation as the current processes of industrialisation and globalisation unfold, the template of what constitutes 'community' may need to be re-defined. It is to this end that the present paper is concerned, in that it seeks to identify new community formations. Of particular interest, is the rise and reach of modern day 'social movements', and why, when analysing the subject from a macro-sociological perspective, they have come to assume such a pivotal role in occupying community spaces left vacant by the demise of traditional social institutions. The paper is exploratory in its focus, using relevant literature to posit some broad theoretical themes, with the aim of presenting such themes to encourage a shift in community debates away from traditional concerns about 'who' and 'how many', towards questions of why new community forms are emerging.
Language eng
Field of Research 160806 Social Theory
Socio Economic Objective 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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