1st Edition

Trust and Conflict Representation, Culture and Dialogue

Edited By Ivana Marková, Alex Gillespie Copyright 2012
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    238 Pages
    by Routledge

    Trust, distrust and conflict between social groups have existed throughout the history of humankind, although their forms have changed. Using three main concepts: culture, representation and dialogue, this book explores and re-thinks some of these changes in relation to concrete historical and contemporary events.

    Part I offers a symbolic and historical analysis of trust and distrust while Parts II and III examine trust, distrust and conflict in specific events including the Cyprus conflict, Estonian collective memories, coping with HIV/AIDS in China, Swedish asylum seekers, the Cuban missile crisis and Stalinist confessions. With an impressive array of international contributors the chapters draw on a number of key concepts such as self and other, ingroup and outgroup, contact between groups, categorization, brinkmanship, knowledge, beliefs and myth.

    Trust and Conflict offers a fresh perspective on the problems that arise from treating trust, distrust and conflict as simplified indicators. Instead, it proposes that human and social sciences can view these phenomena within the complex matrix of interacting perspectives and meta-perspectives that characterise the social world. As such it will be of interest to undergraduates, postgraduates and lecturers of human and social sciences especially social psychology, sociology, political science and communication studies.

    Series Editor’s Foreword. Marková & Gillespie, Preface. Marková: Conflict and Trust in Dialogical Perspective. Part I: Symbolic Systems And Basic Trust. Hosking, Trust and Symbolic Systems: Religion and Nationhood. Wertsch & Batiashvili, Mnemonic Communities and Conflict: Georgia’s and National Narrative Template. Valsiner, The Dynamics of Trust and Non-Trust. Part II: From Categorisation To Social Representation. Rubini & Palmonari, Different and Yet Human: Categorization and the Antecedents of Intergroup Trust. Psaltis, Intergroup Trust and Contact in Transition: A Social Representations Perspective on the Cyprus Conflict. Raudsepp, The Essentially Other: Representational Processes that Divide Groups. Liu, Social Categorisation and Bao in the Age of AIDS: The Case of China. Part III: Situated Trust/Distrust: Points Of Contact. Gillespie, Dialogical Dynamics of Trust and Distrust in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Linell & Keselman, Trustworthiness at Stake: Trust and Distrust in Investigative Interviews with Russian Adolescent Asylum-Seekers in Sweden. Marková, Confession as a Communication Genre: The Logos and Mythos of the Party. Part IV: Concluding Comment. Gillespie, Contact Without Transformation: The Context, Process and Content of Distrust.


    Ivana Marková is Emeritus Professor at the University of Stirling in the UK. She has been a visiting Professor at the Universities of Oslo, Dundee, Berne, Paris, Linköping, Mexico, and London and is a Fellow of the British Academy, of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the British Psychological Society.

    Alex Gillespie is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Stirling in the UK. He trained in Trinity College Dublin, the London School of Economics, and the University of Cambridge. He was a lecturer at the University of Cambridge before moving to the University of Stirling in 2005.

    "Marková and Gillespie have delivered a highly original and cutting-edge exploration of trust and distrust as they play out in cultural contexts. Each chapter vividly brings these dynamics to life through a number of fascinating case studies, including the Cuban missile crisis, AIDS in China, the Russian-Georgian conflict and political confession in the Soviet Union. Trust and Conflict will be essential reading for anyone interested in the study of trust and intergroup conflict." - Brady Wagoner, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Aalborg, Denmark 

    "This book provides comprehensive coverage of the area of trust and conflict across cultures and draws on a variety of situations within and among groups in different settings. The Editors have a gifted style of writing, and have provided a valuable opening to the collection of papers which will prove to be a useful reading for scholars and graduate level students." - Nandita Chaudhary, Associate Professor, Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi, India