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Title: The society of others : a community dealing with difference towards a model of successful relations between host communities and new arrivals
Author: Goodall, Christine Joyce
ISNI:       0000 0001 3504 7819
Awarding Body: University of Staffordshire
Current Institution: Staffordshire University
Date of Award: 2007
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The aim of this study is to propose a model of successful relations between local settled communities and new arrivals, a vital topic in a world of mass forced migration and increasing globalisation. The City of Stoke on Trent was chosen as the research site because it is an asylum dispersal area, it has not had a significant previous history of migration, has a largely white settled population, has experienced a sharp rise in voting for extreme right wing candidates, and experiences many social and economic problems. The empirical research was conducted through semi-structured qualitative interviews with individual residents and with groups, with local politicians and other key actors in the community. A significant and original contribution of this thesis is to provide a unique insight into the study of trust, through a mic,ro level, qualitative methodology which develops a model of trust to cast new light onto community relations. Uniquely this thesis uses trust as a framework for a qualitative study of how communities deal with difference. The thesis also contributes to the understanding of how concepts found in organisational behaviour and social psychology can be utilised in the study of community relations, and takes a unique interdisciplinary approach to the study and analysis of trust. The thesis contributes to the understanding of the relationship between institutional and generalised trust; trust in institutions is fount to be a mediator between generalised trust and the components, such as autonomy, optimism and equality, that provide the conditions for its existence. Crucially, the thesis highlights the vital role ofleadership in building and maintaining trust in diverse communities.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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