NEIGHBOURLINESS AND CO-EXISTENCE

VEÏNATGE I CONVIVÈNCIA

Everyone living in a municipality is a member of the local community. That status involves a series of rights and duties in relation to your neighbours, based on practices and rules that allow for a better quality of life through harmonious co-existence and social cohesion.

Co-existence (convivència) between neighbours is based on values such as solidarity, respect, mutual responsibility and cooperation. Applying those values promotes a sense of belonging to and of being seen to be a member of a community. The same values lie at the heart of public-spiritedness (civisme), which can be defined as the various qualities (attitudes and forms of conduct) that enable citizens to live in a community, respecting and accepting the rules of democracy and fundamental rights. It is up to everyone living in an area to make co-existence work and to take a public-spirited approach to life. To paraphrase Zygmunt Bauman, a community cannot exist without a sense and practice of responsibility.

Every society establishes its own structure of social relations. In this section we will be looking at the rules applicable to co-existence between citizens in Catalonia in different arenas, from residents’ associations to public spaces and respect for the environment.   
 
Living in a society entails a range of rights and duties. Being aware of them and putting them into practice can help you to establish relations with and live alongside your neighbours; in short, to improve everyone’s quality of life. 

It is very important to teach children the habits and customs of a “good neighbour”, in order to guarantee harmonious co-existence in the present and in the future. As a parent, you are responsible for the acts of your children. You must therefore set them an example and be aware of their attitudes and behaviour, both at home and in public.