Department of Social Anthropology

NEW BOOK: Trusting and its Tribulations: Interdisciplinary Engagements with Intimacy, Sociality and Trust

Vigdis Broch-Due and Margit Ystanes have edited new book.

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Despite its immense significance and ubiquity in our everyday lives, the complex workings of trust are poorly understood and theorized. This volume explores trust and mistrust amidst locally situated scenes of sociality and intimacy. Because intimacy has often been taken for granted as the foundation of trust relations, the ethnographies presented here challenge us to think about dangerous intimacies, marked by mistrust, as well as forms of trust that cohere through non-intimate forms of sociality. 

This impressive volume stands as a powerful corrective to latent ethnocentric tendencies lying at the heart of much contemporary scholarship on the nature of trust... Instead of identifying trust with the intimacies of family life, or attributing it to the conscious calculations of risk-averse individuals, this manuscript reveals the importance of approaching trust as something performed. 

-Sharon Hutchinson, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Vigdis Broch-Due is Professor of Social Anthropology and International Poverty Studies, University of Bergen. She is Scientific Director of the Centre for Advanced Study (CAS), Oslo.

Margit Ystanes is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, where she received her PhD in 2011.


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