Collection: NJMR Special Issue - Volume 6, Issue 1

Special Issue Article

Neither Trust Nor Distrust: Social relations in a multi-ethnic neighbourhood in Copenhagen



This article deals with the politicised notions of trust and social cohesion in urban spaces through a focus on practices of everyday relations in a mixed neighbourhood. Quantitative studies maintain that ethnically diverse neighbourhoods lack in trust and solidarity. However, the very meaning and effect of concepts such as `diversity`, `contact` and `trust´ are often unclear. This article challenges both the politicised assumptions and methodological basis for statements on trust as a condition for coexistence. Drawing on fieldwork in a multi-ethnic social housing estate in Copenhagen, this article explores residents´ understandings of diversity, contact and trust. The article argues that trust and strong ties may not be the prerequisite for coexistence in neighbourhoods, where the micro-politics of everyday contacts predominate.


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  • Year: 2016
  • Volume: 6 Issue: 1
  • Page/Article: 25-32
  • DOI: 10.1515/njmr-2016-0009
  • Published on 1 Apr 2016
  • Peer Reviewed