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Trust: A History

Geoffrey Hosking

Abstract

Today we often talk of a 'crisis of trust'. According to Trust: A History, the crisis is genuine but usually misunderstood. The problem is that we are poorly informed about the ways in which trust and distrust have functioned in past societies. We therefore lack an empirical basis and a historical perspective against which to discuss our present crisis. This is the first book to offer such a perspective and also to suggest ways in which we can use the concept of trust to understand both our own and also very different societies. It suggests that social trust is mediated through symbolic system ... More

Keywords: trust, social solidarity, symbolic systems, boundaries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198712381
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712381.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Hosking, author
Emeritus Professor of Russian History, University College London

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