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Social capital and ethno-racial diversity: learning to trust in an immigrant society

TitleSocial capital and ethno-racial diversity: learning to trust in an immigrant society
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsStolle, D., and Harell A.
JournalPolitical Studies
Volume61
Pages42 - 68
Keywordscapital social, confiance généralisée, contact hypothesis, diversité, diversity, generalized trust, hypothèse de contact, jeunes, political socialization, réseaux sociaux, social capital, social networks, socialisation politique, youth
Abstract

This article builds on the insights of the contact hypothesis and political socialization literatures to go beyond recent findings that racial and ethnic diversity have overwhelmingly negative effects on social capital, particularly generalized trust. Using the Canadian General Social Survey (2003), our results show that despite a negative relationship among adults, younger Canadians with racial and ethnic diversity in their social networks show higher levels of generalized trust. The results seem to confirm that youth socialization experiences with rising diversity and the normalization of diversity in a multicultural environment contribute to beneficial (instead of detrimental) effects of diverse social networks.

URLhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9248.2012.00969.x/abstract
Document URLhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9248.2012.00969.x/full