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Does ethnic diversity erode trust? Putnams hunkering down thesis reconsidered

Sturgis, P and Brunton-Smith, I and Read, S and Allum, N (2011) 'Does ethnic diversity erode trust? Putnams hunkering down thesis reconsidered.' British Journal of Political Science, 41 (1). 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. © 2010 Cambridge University Press.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2012 10:24
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2017 22:17
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/2281

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