Jordan Huxley

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Jordan Huxley
Posted about 3 years ago
The influence of religious organisations on community cohesion in diverse and deprived communities.
Do such objective and less exclusionary groups exist though? Religious organizations often play the role of community hub in many of these diverse and deprived neighbourhoods. There a few community organizations, however, they don't seem to have the capacity of capability of these religious organizations. Can religious organizations make themselves less exclusionary? Or is that one of their fundamentally entrenched characteristics?
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Jordan Huxley
Posted about 3 years ago
The influence of religious organisations on community cohesion in diverse and deprived communities.
So far, my findings agree with what you are saying. Most of the religious organizations and their faith communities have a strong positive valuation of people of different ethnic, racial and/or socio-economic backgrounds, however, the religious differences can be at times a bit of a dividing line. Although you would be surprised however at the extent some religious organizations have gone to to promote social cohesion (one church and one mosque have a partnership agreement and have a number of shared projects and events).
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Jordan Huxley
Posted about 3 years ago
The influence of religious organisations on community cohesion in diverse and deprived communities.
What I've found thus far is that these religious organizations strongly promote bonding (interactions between people of similarity) and to varying degrees promote bridging (interactions between people of difference). Their bonding activities have a strong religious focus, the bridging activities are more social and community based (with religion, at times, totally removed).
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Jordan Huxley
Posted about 3 years ago
The influence of religious organisations on community cohesion in diverse and deprived communities.
My research findings thus far are closely aligned to your comments. It seems that the "successful" religious organisations - measured by their positive impact on social cohesion - are those which isolate the religious activities from the social/community activities. In a sense, these religious organisations are dualistic in their role, they are both a place of worship and a community hub. The place of worship facilities bonding, the community hub facilitated bridging.
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Jordan Huxley
Posted about 3 years ago
Can luxury brands (specifically cars) be at the leading edge of sustainability?
While such luxury brands have the potential to be at the leading edge of sustainability because of their premium pricing and often high profit margins, it will depend on the extent to which they have to compromise their design stands. With such luxury brands, aesthetics often triumph over environmental factors. You just have to look at the electronics sector, take for example the new iPad or the new MacBook Pro with Retina display. These products have premium prices and are some of the most aesthetically designed products on the market, however, both products are very difficult to recycle at their end of life.
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Jordan Huxley
Posted about 3 years ago
Is equality what we strive for in a democratic society?
From an economics perspective, surely equality cannot be an aspired to (or even achievable) product as it is in direct conflict with the dominant economic system. The capitalist system is predicated upon the generation of profit and thus requires the relationship of the exploiter and the exploited. Without such an unequal relationship, the capitalist system - entrenched in the democratic system - would stutter and eventually collapse.