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Trust in Modern Societies The Search for the Bases of Social Order by Barbara Misztal

Trust in Modern Societies The Search for the Bases of Social Order


Trust in Modern Societies The Search for the Bases of Social Order by Barbara Misztal

This is one of the first systematic discussions of the nature of trust as a means of social cohesion, discussing the works of leading social theorists on the issue of social solidarity.


This is a useful big--name survey of social theory (Spencer, Ta nnies, Durkheim, Simmel, Weber, Parsons, Luhmann, Giddens)... contains much that is of value, and will be an important source of reference for students of this popular topic. Times Literary Supplement The most important work in social theory for several years has concerned the nature of trust. At last, we have something that collates brilliant insights in a sustained and original argument, covering a vast range of topics and based on an awesome amount of reading about varied cultures. John A. Hall, McGill University Barbara A. Misztal has written a brilliant book. It is nothing less than a reconceptualization of sociologya s central problematic: how is social cooperation possible in the face of growing scale and complexity of society? This work should be read by all social thinkers concerned with the basis for sustaining viable societies under the pressures of modernization. Jonathan Turner, University of California Trust in Modern Societies is an important contribution to the rapidly expanding literature on trust -- its nature and role in modern social theory. Misztala s book deserves to be read by all those interested in trust. Political Studies

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Publication date

5th March 1996


Barbara Misztal

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Polity Press


304 pages


Sociology & anthropology
Social, group or collective psychology
Ethics & moral philosophy



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