DescriptionThis 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.
1. Defining Trust.
2. Classical Sociology and the Search for Order.
3. Functions of Trust.
4. Trust as Habitus.
5. Trust as Passion.
6. Trust as Policy.
"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 sociology'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. Misztal's book deserves to be read by all those interested in trust." Political Studies
- The book deals with one of the most important current issues: the issue of how societies hold together in the face of social fragmentation
- One of the first systematic discussions of the nature of trust as a means of social cohesion
- Contains important critical discussions of works by leading social theorists on the issue of social solidarity.