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Trust and Social Work in Kerala
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Department of Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3272-5340
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Centre for Civil Society Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1453-6186
2018 (English)In: Loyola Journal of Social Sciences, ISSN 0971-4960, Vol. 32, no 1, p. 47-64Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the complex conditions for generalized

trust in the Indian state of Kerala and the potential role for social

work in improving them. Theory on trust and experiences drawn

from the international research field on trust and social capital are

used to disentangle the social structures and relations that form

and shape generalized trust in Kerala. Special attention is given to

the significance of social and economic equality, ethnic diversity

and justice institutions. It is concluded that Kerala faces several

challenges in addressing the low levels of generalized trust but

also that there are reasons for a cautious optimism, considering

the relatively high levels of trust in institutions and a sub-national

identity that supersedes ethnic divisions. Several constructive

suggestions are also made regarding the role of social work in

relation to generalized trust, addressing among other things the

present problems with corruption and the remittance economy in

Kerala.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Thiruvananthapuram: Loyola College of Social Sciences , 2018. Vol. 32, no 1, p. 47-64
Keywords [en]
Equality, Institutions, Trust, Generalized Trust, Social Engagement, Social Work, Social Welfare.
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Social Work
Research subject
The Individual in the Welfare Society, Social Welfare and the Civil Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-7795OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-7795DiVA, id: diva2:1356786
Available from: 2019-10-02 Created: 2019-10-02 Last updated: 2019-10-10Bibliographically approved

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