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Trusting and its Tribulations
Interdisciplinary Engagements with Intimacy, Sociality and Trust
Edited by Vigdis Broch-Due and Margit Ystanes
294 pages, 4 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-099-5 $95.00/£67.00 Hb Published (April 2016)
eISBN 978-1-78533-100-8 eBook
“The book is a great contribution to the comparative studies of trust in various cultural con- texts as well as to the ethnography of trusting with emphasis on moral aspects of such actions. It describes various situations in complex realms of life which affect trust. The approaches discussed give a new perspective on trust in the social and cultural contexts.” • Anthropos
“The ethnographies in Trusting and its Tribulations are particularly effective in challenging conventional Western assumptions about trust, especially the supposed relationship between trust, intimacy/kinship, and equality. They demonstrate firmly what anthropology can add to the description and theory of trust and why anthropology’s voice is essential on this subject as on all practical contemporary social topics.” • Anthropology Review Database
“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
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.
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.
Subject: General Anthropology
Introduction: Introducing Ethnographies of Trusting
Vigdis Broch-Due and Margit Ystanes
Chapter 1. Unfixed trust: Intimacy, blood symbolism, and porous boundaries in Guatemala
Chapter 2. Witchcraft: the Dangers of Intimacy and the Struggle over Trust
Chapter 3. Trusting the untrustworthy: a Mongolian challenge to Western notions of trust
Chapter 4. The Puzzle of the Animal Witch: Intimacy, Trust and Sociality among Pastoral Turkana
Chapter 5. ‘Sharing secrets’: Gendered landscapes of trust and intimacy in Kenya’s digital financial marketplace
Misha Mintz-Roth and Amrik Heyer
Chapter 6. Eddies of distrust: ‘False’ birth certificates and the destabilisation of relationships
Jennifer M Speirs
Chapter 7. Intimate documents: trust and secret police files in post-socialist Mongolia
Chapter 8. Trustworthy Bodies: Cashinahua Cumulative Persons as Intimate Others
Chapter 9. Habitus of Trust: Servitude in Colonial India
Chapter 10. ‘You Can Tell the Company We Done Quit’: The Destruction and Reconfiguration of Trust in the Appalachian Coalfields in the Early Twentieth Century
Gloria Goodwin Raheja
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