Does ethnic diversity erode trust? Putnam's 'hunkering down' thesis reconsidered

Authors
Sturgis, P., Brunton-Smith, I., Read, S., and Allum, N.
Year
2011
Journal
British Journal of Political Science, 41(1), 57-82
DOI
10.1017/S0007123410000281
Abstract

We use a multi-level modelling approach to estimate the effect of ethnic diversity on measures of generalized and strategic trust using data from a new survey in Britain with a sample size approaching 25,000 individuals. In addition to the ethnic diversity of neighbourhoods, we incorporate a range of indicators of the socio-economic characteristics of individuals and the areas in which they live. Our results show no effect of ethnic diversity on generalized trust. There is a statistically significant association between diversity and a measure of strategic trust, but in substantive terms, the effect is trivial and dwarfed by the effects of economic deprivation and the social connectedness of individuals.

Number of levels
2
Model data structure
Response types
Multivariate response model?
No
Longitudinal data?
No
Substantive discipline
Paper submitted by
Ian Brunton-Smith, Sociology, University of Surrey, i.r.brunton-smith@surrey.ac.uk
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