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- Generalised trust and more organised group membership: the more active the better?
- Chong, Sheau Tsuey
- Organised group membership has been central in discussions of social capital since generalised trust is believed to be generated through continuous interaction in social relationships. Is this mechanism for social capital generation affected by different levels of involvement by individuals (i.e. passive, active or office-holder) in organised groups? The focus of this paper is to investigate whether active membership makes a difference to individuals’ levels of generalised trust. Young Australians and permanent residents aged 16 to 25 (N=283) participated in this study through an online survey. The findings support previous literature, which found members of organised groups are more trusting than those who do not participate in any group. The results also indicate that the active members were relatively more trusting, as were those who participated in hobby groups. Furthermore, organised groups which were organised by community organisers accommodate more trusting people. However, the number of memberships one holds does not affect one’s level of generalised trust.
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- Conference paper
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- Swinburne University of Technology. Faculty of Life and Social Sciences
- [Proceedings] Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA 2006): Sociology for a Mobile World, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 04-07 December 2006
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- The Australian Sociological Association
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- Copyright © 2006 Sheau Tsuey Chong. Published version of this paper reproduced with the kind permission of the publisher
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