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Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424099

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424099.001.0001

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What and who is it we don’t trust?

What and who is it we don’t trust?

10 What and who is it we don’t trust?
Contemporary social evils

Shaun Bailey

Policy Press

This chapter discusses a loss of trust between different groups, including residents and migrants and adults and young people. It starts by describing the mistrust between different communities and races, but also it explores the mistrust between adults and young people, which were flagged up by many who responded to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's (JRF) social evils consultation. It also highlights the relationships between individuals, state and community and the effects they have on daily life that may have led us to trust no longer institutions — or one another. There are conspiracy theories of distrust. Much of the fear of crime is based on the lack of manners, which leads to a barrier of misunderstanding and distrust between young and old. It is stated here that trust is hard to earn and easy to break.

Keywords:   trust, distrust, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, social evils, adults, young people, communities, races

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