Low vs high levels of social cohesion as weaknesses or strengths in disaster situations


Attitudes oscillated between a perceived weakness due to low social cohesion in areas with a high fluctuation of people, including but not limited to a high flow of tourists and expatriates, and a perceived strength of tightly knit neighbourhoods with strong social cohesion. Whereas, initially, many participants argued with general stereotypes, i.e. urban anonymity in multi-storey apartment blocks vs strong community sense in rural villages, the discussions also revealed more pointed aspects, in particular related to the strengths and weaknesses of multicultural neighbourhoods.

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