Social Integration and Trust: Friendship and Employment Networks of British Ethnic Minorities

By Dr Rakib Ehsan

Welcome to the second blog of my three-part series with All in Britain, which is modelled on the three main empirical chapters of my PhD thesis. With Part 1 of the blog series looking at the relationship between social integration and heightened reporting of discrimination, we now look at how social integration and intergroup contact impacts on the generalised social trust of Britain’s ethnic minorities.

Generalised social trust is slightly different to interpersonal social trust. While the latter focuses on actual social relationships (trust in family members, neighbours, friends and work colleagues), attitudes surrounding generalised social trust “extend beyond the boundaries of face-to-face interaction and incorporate people who are not personally known to each other” (Rothstein and Stolle, 2008). That citizens in countries, regions, cities and neighbourhoods are able to trust one another – without actual personal contact – and thereby able to co-operate and solve collective problems, continues to be one of the most interesting areas of social science research.

 

Read the full article in All in Britain

 

HJS



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