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Does ethnic diversity erode trust? Putnams hunkering down thesis reconsidered

Sturgis, P, Brunton-Smith, IR, Read, S and Allum, N (2011) Does ethnic diversity erode trust? Putnams hunkering down thesis reconsidered British Journal of Political Science, 41 (1). pp. 57-82.

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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
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Sturgis, P
Brunton-Smith, IR
Read, S
Allum, N
Date : 2011
DOI : 10.1017/S0007123410000281
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Additional Information : © Cambridge University Press. This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in British Journal of Political Science. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in British Journal of Political Science, 41 (1), J2011, DOI 10.1017/S0007123410000281.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 24 Nov 2011 17:07
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:14

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