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

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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.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
ArtikelnummerSpecial Issue Article
TidsskriftNordic Journal of Migration Research
Vol/bind6
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)25-32
ISSN1799-649X
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2016

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