Cultural Warfare and Trust: Fighting the Mafia in Palermo by Carina Gunnarson

By Carina Gunnarson

Cultural battle and belief: combating the Mafia in Palermo concentrates on a vital factor in study on democratic procedures: the improvement of generalized belief. The life of generalized belief and self belief in a society is decisive for fiscal improvement and a good democracy. The publication examines political efforts to strive against Palermo's mafia-controlled historical past and to show a practice of non-cooperation and mistrust into cooperation and belief. particularly, it makes a speciality of the college application introduced in Palermo through the mid-1990s, which used to be designed to wreck the mafia's territorial and psychological keep an eye on. Fusing theories from the discourses of social capital and civic schooling, the writer offers and analyses new quantitative and qualitative learn performed in seven public colleges in Palermo.

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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.

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