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The Invisibles to Statistics

Author(s): Martine Mespoulet
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Sociology, Social development, Social differentiation, Criminology, Globalization
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: social inequalities; social utility; common good; a feeling of social declassing

Summary/Abstract: Individuals and social groups in a given country may feel socially “useless” when they are not taken into account by statistics and by political policies. This leads to the questions as to what counts and does not count in a society, upon what shared values and hierarchy of values a society is grounded, what happens to those values in a time of intense transformations of the economic, social and political system? Based on a few examples related to bringing out of a kind of social invisibility those who are referred to in France as “forgotten by the Republic”, the article shows that such a situation holds several potential risks: the risk of intense social tension, the risk of self-encapsulation of individuals, the risk of encapsulation of identities, the risk of breakdown of a nation’s unity. It also involves growing difficulties in defining what is considered the common good, i.e., what counts in the eyes of all people and binds together a nation.

  • Issue Year: 52/2020
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 38-54
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Bulgarian