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Analyses by Torney-Purta et al. ’36 Social interaction in general, particularly outside the narrow family circle, is another factor that may contribute to the developÂ�ment of less selfish and more socially engaged attitudes and values. Various types of informal interaction between friends and peer groups may also have an impact on students’ degrees of trust. School may be understood here as a social 28 CULTURAL WARFARE AND TRUST arena constructed by teachers and students, where informal peer interaction between students needs to be considered.
8. 22 Tarrow, ‘Making social science work across space and time’, p. 394. 23 Tarrow, ‘Making social science work across space and time’, p. 395. 24 T. R. Tyler, Why People Obey the Law (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990), p. 164. 25 Stolle, ‘Communities, citizens and local government’, p. 9. 38 CULTURAL WARFARE AND TRUST 26 Rothstein and Stolle, ‘Social capital and street-level bureaucracy’, p. 9. See also B. Rothstein, Just Institutions Matter: The Moral and Political Logic of the Universal Welfare State (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998), pp.
Competing explanations Participation in voluntary associations Putnam argues that trust in society is the consequence of citizens’ engagement in different kinds of associations and organisÂ�ations. Participation in organisations breeds trust between citizens, Â�develops their cooperative skills and lends citizens a public spirit that goes beyond their immediate self-interests, which is all favourable to democracy. To quote Putnam: Participation in civic organizations inculcates skills of cooperation as well as a sense of shared responsibility for collective endeavours.