Is social cohesion the missing link in preventing violence?

Is social cohesion the missing link in preventing violence? – Events


It seems logical that communities 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 and ‘social cohesion’ is now an important outcome in the country’s medium-term strategic framework for national development.

New research however shows that social cohesion can both prevent and enable violence in South African communities. This seminar will launch a special edition of South African Crime Quarterly that showcases the research and investigates the role of social cohesion and the related concept of collective efficacy in reducing violence.

Until now there has been very little empirical research in the country on the relationship between social cohesion and violence. Authors of articles in this special edition will discuss their findings and what they mean for policy.

21 April 2016

Registration at 10h30
Seminar from 11h00 - 13h00


  • Cape Town: HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, 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. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail:

Chandré Gould, Senior Research Fellow, Governance, Crime and Justice Division, ISS


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

This event is made possible with support from the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the Open Society Foundation South Africa. The ISS is also grateful for support from the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.

This event is cohosted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)