Bridging uncertainty by constructing trust: the rationality of <i>irrational</i> approaches

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:
Bridging uncertainty by constructing trust: the rationality of irrational approaches

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Chapter Three tackles some of the tensions alluded to earlier in the book between conceptions of trust as a more or less ‘rational’ form of behaviour. A range of arguments that consider trust as more or less calculative, cognitive and emotional, and conscious and less-than-conscious, are considered in the light of our own findings. Moreover we seek to demonstrate how many of these dualisms that exist within trust research may be overcome. Drawing in particular on the theoretical work of Barbalet and the philosophy of Gray, a number of critiques of overly narrow ‘rational-actor’ conceptualisations of trust are put forward in emphasising the broader rationality of trust and mistrust in overcoming vulnerability in the midst of uncertainty.

Keywords: Rationality; Rational-actor approaches; Gray; Cognitive approaches; Emotion

Chapter.  7655 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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