The structure of social trust in postindustrial cities of Central and Eastern Europe

The structure of social trust in postindustrial cities of Central and Eastern Europe

Starosta P.Y.

Dr. Sci. (Sociol.), Prof., Vice-Rector of the University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland

Bzezinski K.V.

Candidate of Sociological Sciences, University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland

Stolbov V.P.

Cand. Sci. (Econ.), Prof., Ivanovo State University of Chemical Technology, Ivanovo, Russia

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Starosta P.Y., Bzezinski K.V., Stolbov V.P. The structure of social trust in postindustrial cities of Central and Eastern Europe. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2017. No 12. P. 79-88


Social trust as a scientific problem attracts attention of many scholars from different fields of social investigations. One of the directions in theory of social trust is the question of determining its structure and the relations between individuals, individuals and social groups and the attitude of individuals and social groups to institutional organizations in certain society. Sociological studies conducted in the cities of several countries of Central and Eastern Europe have shown the controversial consequences of modernization in the life of urban societies, reflected in changes in the social confidence of citizens among themselves, between groups, and in relation to social institutions in society. Proceeding from this, the authors set the task: to determine the scale of the relationship of trust, its form in different types of groups, and also to trace the relationship between forms and the level of trust. Analysis showed that in urban communities there is a lack of trust, and especially this is manifested in relation to the activities of social institutions. In the structure of trust, horizontal, vertical and generalized forms were identified and, based on an analysis of their relationship, the five dominant models of public confidence as well.

sociological research; social trust and its structure; horizontal, vertical, and generalized forms of trust; institutional structures; post-industrial city


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