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What and who is it we don’t trust?

Shaun Bailey

in Contemporary social evils

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424099
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301981 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424099.003.0010
What and who is it we don’t trust?

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This chapter discusses a loss of trust between different groups, including residents and migrants and adults and young people. It starts by describing the mistrust between different communities and races, but also it explores the mistrust between adults and young people, which were flagged up by many who responded to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's (JRF) social evils consultation. It also highlights the relationships between individuals, state and community and the effects they have on daily life that may have led us to trust no longer institutions — or one another. There are conspiracy theories of distrust. Much of the fear of crime is based on the lack of manners, which leads to a barrier of misunderstanding and distrust between young and old. It is stated here that trust is hard to earn and easy to break.

Keywords: trust; distrust; Joseph Rowntree Foundation; social evils; adults; young people; communities; races

Chapter.  4120 words. 

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