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Unformatted Document Text:  ICA-10-10582 15 The importance of thin trust stems from its role in enhancing individual engagement in communal life (p.137). This engagement in communal life, even if it does not end with an agreement between the individuals or between the individuals and the collective, still makes it likely that people will identify with the decision process and thereby embrace the government as their own (Post, 1995, p.273). Moreover, as Sunstein (2001) explains, engagement in communal life acts as a social glue that facilitates social interaction, and helps to cultivate an understanding of living in the same culture (p.95) which is often accompanied by an appreciation of common concerns (p.96). Any decrease in the plurality of the public sphere that occurs as a result of the exclusion of certain segments is likely to lead to a decrease in the level of understanding in the society at the communal level. The advancement of surveillance, segmentation and exclusion act so as to decrease the probability that communal engagement will occur. It also inhibits the development of “any common fund of knowledge” (Baker, 1998, p.365). In short, the decay of face to face interaction, which is the pillar of trust (Gandy, 2001, p.157), decreases the possibilities of having the opportunity to learn about others. This decay increases the antagonisms between groups based on income and ethnicity thereby leading to an erosion of tolerance between different groups (Turow, 1997, p.7). What is ironic about this process is that the decrease in trust is claimed to be the initial reason of increased surveillance in the society (Norris, 1998; Nock, 1993; Lyon, 2001). Hence, Lyon’s diagnosis seems to be correct when he claims that surveillance practices, by excluding the poor, leads to an aggravation of the existing inequalities (2001, p.67). What is at stake is a vicious cycle, which supposedly began because of the decreased tokens of trust in a highly mobile society and which is reinforcing the very factor – lack of trust – that leads to its existence. e) On Importance of Routine Interactions, Trust and Continuity of Institutions

Authors: Popescu, Mihaela. and Baruh, Lemi.
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The importance of thin trust stems from its role in enhancing individual engagement in
communal life (p.137). This engagement in communal life, even if it does not end with an
agreement between the individuals or between the individuals and the collective, still makes
it likely that people will identify with the decision process and thereby embrace the
government as their own (Post, 1995, p.273). Moreover, as Sunstein (2001) explains,
engagement in communal life acts as a social glue that facilitates social interaction, and helps
to cultivate an understanding of living in the same culture (p.95) which is often accompanied
by an appreciation of common concerns (p.96). Any decrease in the plurality of the public
sphere that occurs as a result of the exclusion of certain segments is likely to lead to a
decrease in the level of understanding in the society at the communal level.
The advancement of surveillance, segmentation and exclusion act so as to decrease the
probability that communal engagement will occur. It also inhibits the development of “any
common fund of knowledge” (Baker, 1998, p.365). In short, the decay of face to face
interaction, which is the pillar of trust (Gandy, 2001, p.157), decreases the possibilities of
having the opportunity to learn about others. This decay increases the antagonisms between
groups based on income and ethnicity thereby leading to an erosion of tolerance between
different groups (Turow, 1997, p.7). What is ironic about this process is that the decrease in
trust is claimed to be the initial reason of increased surveillance in the society (Norris, 1998;
Nock, 1993; Lyon, 2001). Hence, Lyon’s diagnosis seems to be correct when he claims that
surveillance practices, by excluding the poor, leads to an aggravation of the existing
inequalities (2001, p.67). What is at stake is a vicious cycle, which supposedly began
because of the decreased tokens of trust in a highly mobile society and which is reinforcing
the very factor – lack of trust – that leads to its existence.
e) On Importance of Routine Interactions, Trust and Continuity of Institutions


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