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Portrait Jan Mewes. Photo.

Jan Mewes

Associate professor

Portrait Jan Mewes. Photo.

Gen(d)eralized trust : Women, work, and trust in strangers

Author

  • Jan Mewes

Summary, in English

This article deals with the question as to whether gender equality in labour force participation affects generalized trust. Following the seminal work of Rothstein and Uslaner, a first hypothesis maintains that gender employment equality positively impacts generalized trust. Based on insights from intergroup contact theory and the affect theory of social exchange, a second hypothesis argues that the relationship between gender employment equality and generalized trust holds only for women. Bayesian multilevel regression analysis based on cross-national survey data from the first five rounds of the European Social Survey (2002-2010) supports the latter hypothesis, showing that a country's level of gender equality in labour force participation mediates the association between gender and generalized trust. In contrast, there is no evidence for a general impact of gender employment equality on trust in strangers.

Publishing year

2014-01-01

Language

English

Pages

373-386

Publication/Series

European Sociological Review

Volume

30

Issue

3

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Topic

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0266-7215