A recent study suggests that we may all be commensals.
But it also found that the concept of a ‘commensalist’ is more complicated than previously thought.
“There are people who are more interested in social change and the ability to create something that’s not just another business, but a social project,” said Dr Peter Williams, lead author of the study and associate professor at RMIT University.
“We see people who have a more nuanced view of the role of society, and their own role within it.
In a sense, they’re just more concerned with the social good of the group than with their own economic interests.”
Williams’ research suggests that there are people with a more complex view of society than previously believed.
Williams and his team conducted a study of more than 2,000 people across Australia to understand what makes people commensalisis.
It found that, in the long term, those who identify as commensali are more likely to be involved in social and political change, and are more supportive of local community groups.
However, the researchers also found those who describe themselves as commisarens are less likely to engage in direct actions to promote social change, but more likely are more involved in political campaigning.
While the study looked at the lives of a relatively small group of people, Williams believes the results will be valuable for understanding how people may relate to the wider community.
“In the future, we may be able to use these data to try and figure out how to get more people to make decisions that are better for the greater community,” he said.
The study is published in the Journal of Sociology of Health and Social Care.
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