The origins of generalised trust

Carina Gunnarson

in Cultural Warfare and Trust

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780719076725
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701430 | DOI:
The origins of generalised trust

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This chapter starts with a discussion of the different definitions of trust (bridging versus bonding trust, generalised versus particularised trust, moralistic versus strategic trust, vertical trust). This is followed by a presentation of theories from two different discourses: the literature on social capital and that on civic education. What are the sources of generalised trust? The chapter discusses major explanations of the origins of generalised trust, as these relate to organisations, family, the economy and institutions. It also reviews the literature on civic education and discusses factors in the school environment that may influence students' values, such as the formal curriculum, the school and classroom climate, and teachers' experience, educational background or personal values.

Keywords: generalised trust; bonding trust; particularised trust; strategic trust; vertical trust; social capital; civic education; family; students; curriculum

Chapter.  7601 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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