Vulnerability and the ‘will to trust’

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:
Vulnerability and the ‘will to trust’

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Chapter Four tackles a rather contentious theme that is emerging within the trust literature pertaining to vulnerability, choice and power. Considerations of the extent to which one is able to choose a course of action within a specific situation, and the corresponding relevance of trust (or whether the term ‘trust’ should indeed be applied at all), are explored. This leads to considerations of trust as a forced-option amidst vulnerability and the extent to which this latter factor, especially where it exists in heightened form, may lead to a ‘will to trust’. This apparent willingness may make trust more likely but not inevitable. In this sense it is possible to identify agency even in situations where apparently limited choice exists regarding treatment.

Keywords: Agency; Choice; Vulnerability; Will to trust

Chapter.  7357 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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