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Trust
A Sociological Theory

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Part of Cambridge Cultural Social Studies

  • Date Published: February 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521598507

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  • Piotr Sztompka here presents a major work of social theory, which gives a comprehensive theoretical account of trust as a fundamental component of human actions. Professor Sztompka's detailed and systematic study takes account of the rich evolving research on trust, and provides conceptual and typological clarifications and explications of the notion itself, its meaning, foundations and functions. He offers an explanatory model of the emergence (or decay) of trust-cultures, and relates the theoretical to the historical by examining the collapse of communism in 1989 and the emergence of a post-communist social order. Piotr Sztompka illustrates and supports his claims with statistical data and his own impressive empirical study of trust, carried out in Poland at the end of the nineties. Trust: A Sociological Theory is a conceptually creative and elegant work in which scholars and students of sociology, political science and social philosophy will find much of interest.

    • Sztompka a well-known author and senior figure in the field
    • A comprehensive treatment of a fashionable topic
    • The only study of trust with a sociological focus; has original empirical research from post-communist eastern Europe
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    • Date Published: February 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521598507
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The turn towards soft variables in sociological theory
    2. The idea of trust
    3. Varieties of trust
    4. Foundations of trust
    5. The functions of trust
    6. The culture of trust
    7. Trust in democracy and autocracy
    8. Trust and rapid social change: a case study
    Bibliography
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Piotr Sztompka, Jagiellonian University, Krakow

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