Although the principal focus is on Western democracies, there is a strong comparative emphasis with reference to Eastern and Central European societies. They offer particularly instructive illustrations of both the necessity and difficulty of generating a social order based on trust.
The book will be essential reading for second–year undergraduates and above in the fields of social theory, political theory and political sociology.
1. Defining Trust.
2. Classical Sociology and the Search for Order.
3. Functions of Trust.
4. Trust as Habitus.
5. Trust as Passion.
6. Trust as Policy.
Times Literary Supplement
"The most important work in social theory for several years has concerned the nature of trust. At last, we have something that collates brilliant insights in a sustained and original argument, covering a vast range of topics and based on an awesome amount of reading about varied cultures." John A. Hall, McGill University
"Barbara A. Misztal has written a brilliant book. It is nothing less than a reconceptualization of sociology′s central problematic: how is social cooperation possible in the face of growing scale and complexity of society? This work should be read by all social thinkers concerned with the basis for sustaining viable societies under the pressures of modernization." Jonathan Turner, University of California
"Trust in Modern Societies is an important contribution to the rapidly expanding literature on trust – its nature and role in modern social theory. Misztal′s book deserves to be read by all those interested in trust." Political Studies