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Envisioning trust: trust, metaphors, and situations

[conference paper]

Johansen, Svein Tvedt; Espedal, Bjarne; Grønhaug, Kjell; Selart, Marcus

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Abstract In this article we argue that the experience and effects of trust are influenced by how people construe trust in specific situations – people are not merely passive receptacles of information but bring their own understanding of trust to social situations (Bandura, 1989). Drawing on the literature on conceptual metaphors we describe these as three trust-metaphors. These trust-metaphors we suggest have important ramifications for how people experience trust, how people go about developing trust and peoples’ reactions to trust or changes in trust (trust-breaches). Different trust-metaphors mediate the link between situational contingencies and demands on the one hand and peoples’ strategies for managing different social situations. Thus different metaphors here can be seen as corresponding to different «strategies» of managing different types of interdependence in different types of situations.
Keywords confidence; social relations; organizational culture; organizational sociology; group; occupational integration; commitment; social situation
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories; Social Psychology
Collection Title Proceedings of the FINT workshop on trust within and between organizations
Conference The FINT workshop on trust within and between organizations
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
City Singapore
Page/Pages 12 p.
Status Primary Publication; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-ShareAlike