Social Trust: Toward a Cosmopolitan Society

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995 - Social Science - 220 pages

This work examines the basic social-psychological problems that generate the need for social trust and other acculturation strategies. Social trust is examined within the context of competing social problem-solving tools. The authors analyze the problem of how social trust can be encouraged within a cultural context that favors other socialization strategies, particularly distrust. They look at the relation between social trust and risk communication, specifically how social trust might be used to transform public participation; from an ineffective formalist show into a creative, community-building, problem-solving process. The work distinguishes between two forms of social trust pertinent to our world today: pluralistic, which occurs within groups and is based on existing values, and cosmopolitan, which is an across-group phenomenon and is based on emerging values. Earle and Cvetkovich's study is the story of gradual movement from pluralistic to cosmopolitan social trust.

 

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Contents

SOCIAL TRUST PAST
1
Social Trust An Introduction
3
Social Trust Traditional Interpretations
21
Complexity and Social Trust
33
SOCIAL TRUST PRESENT
43
Strategies for Simplicity One High Resource Demand Individual Focus
45
Strategies for Simplicity Two High Resource Demand Community Focus
57
Strategies for Simplicity Three Low Resource Demand Individual Focus
69
SOCIAL TRUST FUTURE
103
Social Trust Based on Cultural Values
105
Narrative Human Life and Social Trust
127
Social Trust Moving from a Pluralistic to a Cosmopolitan Society
143
NOTES
159
REFERENCE
193
INDEX
211
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Strategies for Simplicity Four Low Resource Demand Community Focus
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About the author (1995)

TIMOTHY C. EARLE is research associate with the Western Institute for Social and Organizational Research in the Department of Psychology at Western Washington University in Bellingham.

GEORGE T. CVETKOVICH holds positions with the Department of Psychology and with the Western Institute for Social and Organizational Research at Western Washington University in Bellingham. He is the editor (with C. Vlek) of Social Decision Methodology for Technological Projects (1989).

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