Trust and Distrust: Sociocultural Perspectives

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Ivana Marková, Alex Gillespie (Ph. D.)
Information Age Pub., 2008 - Psychology - 299 pages
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A volume in Advances in Cultural Psychology Series Editor: Jaan Valsiner, Clark University The dynamics of trust and distrust are central to understanding modern society. These dynamics are evident at all levels of society, from the child's relation to caregivers to the individual's relation to the state, and they span from taken for granted trusting relationships to highly reflective and negotiated contractual interactions. The collection of papers in this book questions the diverse ways in which the concept of trust has been previously used, and advances a coherent theorisation of the socio-cultural dynamics of trust and distrust. In this volume, trust and distrust are analysed in relation to lay knowledge and situated in historical, cultural and interactional contexts. The contexts analysed include witch-hunting during the Reformation, China before and after the move to capitalism, building close personal relationships in South Korea, the representation of political corruption in Brazil, tourists bargaining for souvenirs in the Himalaya, disclosing being HIV] in India, the historical shaping of trust in Portugal, and the role of trust and distrust in the economic development of the Baltic States. Throughout these analyses, and in associated commentaries and theoretical chapters, the focus is upon the cultural and social constitution of trust and distrust.

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Alex Gillespie holds a masters in Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in Particle Physics from Durham University, and a first class honors degree from St. Andrews, Scotland. Since 1988, he has been with BT Laboratories at Martlesham Heath and has been editor of several telecommunications standards. He is chairman of the ETSI SPS3 Working Party on Management and a member of the ECTM group established at the request of the European Commission to coordinate telecommunication management standards in Europe. His e-mail address is

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