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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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Bridging uncertainty by constructing trust: the rationality of irrational approaches

Bridging uncertainty by constructing trust: the rationality of irrational approaches

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(p.53) Three Bridging uncertainty by constructing trust: the rationality of irrational approaches
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Trusting on the edge
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Patrick Brown

Michael Calnan

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428899.003.0004

Chapter Three tackles some of the tensions alluded to earlier in the book between conceptions of trust as a more or less ‘rational’ form of behaviour. A range of arguments that consider trust as more or less calculative, cognitive and emotional, and conscious and less-than-conscious, are considered in the light of our own findings. Moreover we seek to demonstrate how many of these dualisms that exist within trust research may be overcome. Drawing in particular on the theoretical work of Barbalet and the philosophy of Gray, a number of critiques of overly narrow ‘rational-actor’ conceptualisations of trust are put forward in emphasising the broader rationality of trust and mistrust in overcoming vulnerability in the midst of uncertainty.

Keywords:   Rationality, Rational-actor approaches, Gray, Cognitive approaches, Emotion

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