- The Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- About the Contributors
- What is Analytical Sociology All About? An Introductory Essay
- Analytical Sociology and Theories of the Middle Range
- Social Dynamics from the Bottom Up: Agent-Based Models of Social Interaction
- Segregation Dynamics
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
- Social Influence: The Puzzling Nature of Success in Cultural Markets
- The Contagiousness of Divorce
- Collective Action
- Conditional Choice
- Network Dynamics
- Threshold Models of Social Influence
- Time and Scheduling
- Homophily and the Focused Organization of Ties
- Dominance Hierarchies
- Game Theory
- Analytic Ethnography
- Historical Sociology
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines the role of trust as a determinant of cooperative behavior in social relations and social organizations. It begins with an overview of some issues of definition, scope, and measurement of trust, followed by discussion of the dimensions of trust and trustworthiness. It then reviews some evidence on the role of trust in social relations and social organizations before analyzing the main and moderating effects of trust in the context of organizations. It also explores the macro-level consequences of trust for society as well as the negative impact of trust networks. Finally, it looks at a number of alternatives to trust and suggests directions for future research. The article argues that trust is only one mechanism by which we motivate cooperation and manage social order and that the role of trust in society has been radically oversold as a necessary and wholly positive force.
Karen S. Cook is Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology at Stanford University.
Alexandra Gerbasi is an Assistant Professor at California State University at Northridge. She received her Ph.D. in sociology at Stanford University. Her research interests include the development of trust and cooperation in exchange networks, the sources and effects of transitions in types of exchange, and the role of social-psychological incentives in social exchange.
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