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Trust and Distrust: Sociocultural Perspectives


reviewed by Tania Zittoun — April 16, 2008

coverTitle: Trust and Distrust: Sociocultural Perspectives
Author(s): Ivana Marková and Alex Gillespie (Eds.)
Publisher: Information Age Publishing, Charlotte
ISBN: 1593118414, Pages: 320, Year: 2007
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Trust and Distrust is a well-constructed collection of essays that enables the reader to get a sense of the complex roles that trust and distrust play in our society and the variety of forms they can take in different social, political and historical environments. Combining several theoretical perspectives, different levels of analysis, and observing social patterns in a variety of countries, the book brings us to question the taken-for-granted aspect of everyday expectations. In the first section, the editors of the book, Ivana Marková and Alex Gillespie, together with Per Linell, propose a clear and solid conceptual model that identifies different forms of trust. It is organized around two dimensions. The first dimension follows different levels of analysis of the social reality, spanning what is identified as micro-social trust (e.g., trust in intimate relations) to macro-social trust (e.g., a society’s trust in the role of a political leader). The second... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 16, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15213, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 5:09:11 PM

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  • Tania Zittoun
    University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
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    TANIA ZITTOUN is Professor of Education at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland). She is the author of several monographies proposing sociocultural approaches to informal and formal learning and development.
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