Neighbourhood Diversity and Social Trust: An Empirical Analysis of Interethnic Contact and Group-specific Effects

Freitag, Markus; Gundelach, Birte (2013). Neighbourhood Diversity and Social Trust: An Empirical Analysis of Interethnic Contact and Group-specific Effects. Urban Studies, 5(6), pp. 1236-1256. SAGE 10.1177/0042098013495578

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To date, neighbourhood studies on ethnic diversity and social trust have revealed inconclusive findings. In this paper, three innovations are proposed in order to systemise the knowledge about neighbourhood ethnic diversity and the development of social trust. First, it is proposed to use a valid trust measure that is sensitive to the local neighbourhood context. Second, the paper argues for a conception of organically evolved neighbourhoods, rather than using local administrative units as readily available proxies for neighbourhood divisions. Thirdly, referring to intergroup contact theory and group-specific effects of diversity, the paper challenges the notion that ethnic diversity has overwhelmingly negative effects on social trust.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Freitag, Markus and Gundelach, Birte

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0042-0980

Publisher:

SAGE

Language:

English

Submitter:

Mahboob Hasan

Date Deposited:

26 May 2014 08:31

Last Modified:

20 Jan 2015 03:55

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/0042098013495578

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.42948

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/42948

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