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


Sturgis, P; Brunton-Smith, I; Read, S; Allum, N; (2011) Does Ethnic Diversity Erode Trust? Putnam's 'Hunkering Down' Thesis Reconsidered. British journal of political science, 41. pp. 57-82. ISSN 0007-1234 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/s0007123410000281

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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
Keywords: SOCIAL-DISORGANIZATION THEORY, GENERALIZED TRUST, CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, UNITED-STATES, COMMUNITY, CRIME, HETEROGENEITY, SOCIETIES, BRITAIN, ORIGINS
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Medical Statistics
Web of Science ID: 285715200003
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1307

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