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Does Ethnic Diversity Erode Trust? Putnam?s ?Hunkering Down? Thesis Reconsidered

Sturgis, P and Brunton-Smith, I and Read, S and Allum, N (2011) 'Does Ethnic Diversity Erode Trust? Putnam?s ?Hunkering Down? Thesis Reconsidered.' British Journal of Political Science, 41 (01). pp. 57-82. ISSN 0007-1234

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Abstract

We use a multi-level modelling approach to estimate the effect of ethnic diversity on measures of generalized and strategic trust using data from a new survey in Britain with a sample size approaching 25,000 individuals. In addition to the ethnic diversity of neighbourhoods, we incorporate a range of indicators of the socio-economic characteristics of individuals and the areas in which they live. Our results show no effect of ethnic diversity on generalized trust. There is a statistically significant association between diversity and a measure of strategic trust, but in substantive terms, the effect is trivial and dwarfed by the effects of economic deprivation and the social connectedness of individuals.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2012 10:24
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:52
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/2281

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