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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: June 2019

Chapter 12 - The Value of Tolerance and the Tolerability of Competing Values

from Section 2 - Scoping


Earlier and later chapters in this book explore the importance of membership of communities of values; whether gangs or sports teams, or in sharing adversity such as natural disasters (see, for example, Chapters 3, 4, 11, 16 and 17). At this point, and before moving into some specific scenarios in Section 3, and a closer examination of practical aspects of social identity theory in Section 4, we see it as important to take stock, on one hand, and set some challenges for social scientists to reflect upon later in this book. Section 1 identified the lens of sociability through which we are examining the human condition together with recent approaches to understanding the power of social connectedness and, within that, social identity, for our health. Chapter 13 brings together many of the concepts covered in Sections 1 and 2.