Résilience - COVID-19 - Résilience - Coronavirus disease 2019

COVID-19 and Social Cohesion – COSOCO

Submission summary

Social cohesion is essential to the resilience of societies in the face of disasters (Motreff et al., 2018, Ungar et al., 2011). In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is a necessary condition both for compliance to health recommendations during the crisis, and for society resilience in the aftermath of the crisis. However, the pandemic also severely limits social ties. In France, it happens in a largely fragile social environment (distrust in institutions, radicalism, conspiracy) and in a feverish context (the last few years have seen the rise in “gilets jaunes” crisis, major terrorist attacks, etc.).

This project aims at measuring the impact of the pandemic in France over three main dimensions of social cohesion (Bernard, 1999): economics (inequalities, professional integration...), politics (radicalisation of opinions, participation and commitment, trust in institutions) and socio-cultural context (feeling of integration, intensity of social ties, values). The societal analysis thus produced will guide the differentiated communication on health rules and public policies in terms of social cohesion. We will attempt to distinguish between the impact of local severity of the epidemic and the impact of containment public policies. The analysis will also test for heterogeneity depending on population demographics and opinions, local characteristics (values, living conditions, urbanization level, etc.), and will include a chronological analysis.

This project is based on an interdisciplinary approach, combining public health, sociology, econometrics and political science. It relies on the analysis of unique repeated cross-section data from Crédoc's Living Conditions and Aspirations Survey (each year since 1978, national sample, set of 300 questions). In 2020, a section of about fifteen questions specific to the health crisis has been added. Three editions of the survey carried out since the onset of the pandemic (during the first lockdown in May, in September and January 2021) and will be supplemented by questions to be administered in May 2021.

Project coordination

Sandra HOIBIAN (Crédoc (représenté par Régis BIGOT))

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


CREDOC Crédoc (représenté par Régis BIGOT)

Help of the ANR 79,957 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: April 2021 - 12 Months

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