Investigating trust: some theoretical and methodological underpinnings

Patrick Brown and Michael Calnan

in Trusting on the edge

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9781847428899
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307556 | DOI:
Investigating trust: some theoretical and methodological underpinnings

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Chapter One takes a number of the themes raised in the Introduction – especially risk, vulnerability and uncertainty – and develops these in order to come towards a more precise conceptualisation of trust in relation to these other factors. To this end, ‘what trust is not’ is clarified as a means of ascertaining and specifying the nature of trust as applied in the book. Social theories of trust are drawn upon in achieving this, before the difficulties of researching trust in empirical settings are considered. Phenomenological approaches are discussed as a solution. The remainder of the chapter outlines the nature of the empirical study and the logic of the research design behind this.

Keywords: Definitions; Trust; Methodological underpinnings; Phenomenological approaches

Chapter.  7564 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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