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Trusting on the edgeManaging uncertainty and vulnerability in the midst of serious mental health problems$
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Patrick Brown and Michael Calnan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428899

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428899.001.0001

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Investigating trust: some theoretical and methodological underpinnings

Investigating trust: some theoretical and methodological underpinnings

(p.17) One Investigating trust: some theoretical and methodological underpinnings
Trusting on the edge

Patrick Brown

Michael Calnan

Policy Press

Chapter One takes a number of the themes raised in the Introduction – especially risk, vulnerability and uncertainty – and develops these in order to come towards a more precise conceptualisation of trust in relation to these other factors. To this end, ‘what trust is not’ is clarified as a means of ascertaining and specifying the nature of trust as applied in the book. Social theories of trust are drawn upon in achieving this, before the difficulties of researching trust in empirical settings are considered. Phenomenological approaches are discussed as a solution. The remainder of the chapter outlines the nature of the empirical study and the logic of the research design behind this.

Keywords:   Definitions, Trust, Methodological underpinnings, Phenomenological approaches

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