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Methods

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719076725.003.0003
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This chapter discusses the research design and the methods used to select areas, schools and classes. It also discusses the composition of the questionnaire, drop-out rates (internal and external), how trust was measured, the questions' validity and reliability, and practicalities related to the organisation and distribution of the questionnaire. The point of departure was that Palermo represents a case where change is least likely to occur. The project focus was on the school programme in four of Palermo's most deprived areas, as ‘the worst of the worst case scenarios’. The selected areas share several characteristics: high density of criminality and Mafia dominance, low socio-economic level and weak presence of government agencies or other associations. In the study, general questions were combined with questions about students' trust in specific groups: categories of citizens whom students did not know personally, people living in the area, Palermitans, Sicilians, Italians and foreigners. There were three general questions on trust and cooperation.

Keywords: Palermo; Mafia; trust; cooperation; schools; students; criminality

Chapter.  4544 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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