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

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Tina Gudrun Jensen

Centre for Advanced Migration Studies (AMIS), University of Copenhagen, DK
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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.
How to Cite: Jensen, T.G., 2016. Neither Trust Nor Distrust: Social relations in a multi-ethnic neighbourhood in Copenhagen. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 6(1), pp.25–32. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1515/njmr-2016-0009
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Published on 01 Apr 2016.
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