Topic 9 Social Capital and Social Trust for BLACKBOARD

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6/14/11 Social Networks and Social Capital Why is trust/social capital so important? “entire fabric of our day-to-day living, of our social order, rests on trust … almost all of our decisions involve trusting someone else.” (Rotter)
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6/14/11 Increasing Social Isolation? Putnam – decline in trust reflects increased tendencies to “bowl alone” We’re less likely to join voluntary associations than in the past Other possible trends in social isolation (mentioned in prior class): potential increase in % of Americans reporting no confidants Effects of social isolation
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6/14/11 Bowling Teams and Trust Putnam sees voluntary associations as way of building strong ties, dense social networks, and trust But we’ll argue that trust is lower in groups & societies dominated by strong ties
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What Trust Is/Isn’t General trust – default expectation of goodwill/benign intent in strangers Distinct from Specific trust Gullibility believing person when most others would consider it naïve/foolish. Vs. trust in the absence of clear or strong reasons not to. evidence high trusters successfully differentiate whom to trust
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