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Functionality of trust: A case study of students’ generalized trust in Tbilisi, Georgia

Sulakvelidze, Viktor LU (2015) MIDM19 20151
LUMID International Master programme in applied International Development and Management
Abstract
This paper explores social science students’ generalized trust (trust towards most people in a particular nation). The analyses are based on the survey data collected at nine universities in Tbilisi, Georgia. This study presents evidence that trust towards the people that the students meet for the first time is the strongest plausible factor behind their generalized trust level, followed by trust towards friends and individuals of different nationality. The analyses also indicate that there is no statistically significant association between generalized trust and one’s outlook on life. Additionally, this research shows that the students display a low level of generalized trust. It accordingly examines what some of the plausible factors... (More)
This paper explores social science students’ generalized trust (trust towards most people in a particular nation). The analyses are based on the survey data collected at nine universities in Tbilisi, Georgia. This study presents evidence that trust towards the people that the students meet for the first time is the strongest plausible factor behind their generalized trust level, followed by trust towards friends and individuals of different nationality. The analyses also indicate that there is no statistically significant association between generalized trust and one’s outlook on life. Additionally, this research shows that the students display a low level of generalized trust. It accordingly examines what some of the plausible factors behind this occurrence are. As a result, the principle finding suggests that the students’ possible lack of awareness about the functions of most people is one of the valid factors. This paper makes a solid theoretical contribution by revealing that the concept of functionality is an innate component of trust, thereby showing a new angle of the issue. Apart from this theoretical advancement, this study makes a strong input to empirical literature by investigating Tbilisi – a previously unexplored geographic area. The paper concludes by discussing the implications for future research. (Less)
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Sulakvelidze, Viktor LU
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MIDM19 20151
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
functionality of trust, perceived functionality, trust, generalized trust, social capital, Tbilisi, Georgia, students
language
English
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5410050
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2016-08-25 13:28:28
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  abstract     = {This paper explores social science students’ generalized trust (trust towards most people in a particular nation). The analyses are based on the survey data collected at nine universities in Tbilisi, Georgia. This study presents evidence that trust towards the people that the students meet for the first time is the strongest plausible factor behind their generalized trust level, followed by trust towards friends and individuals of different nationality. The analyses also indicate that there is no statistically significant association between generalized trust and one’s outlook on life. Additionally, this research shows that the students display a low level of generalized trust. It accordingly examines what some of the plausible factors behind this occurrence are. As a result, the principle finding suggests that the students’ possible lack of awareness about the functions of most people is one of the valid factors. This paper makes a solid theoretical contribution by revealing that the concept of functionality is an innate component of trust, thereby showing a new angle of the issue. Apart from this theoretical advancement, this study makes a strong input to empirical literature by investigating Tbilisi – a previously unexplored geographic area. The paper concludes by discussing the implications for future research.},
  author       = {Sulakvelidze, Viktor},
  keyword      = {functionality of trust,perceived functionality,trust,generalized trust,social capital,Tbilisi,Georgia,students},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Functionality of trust: A case study of students’ generalized trust in Tbilisi, Georgia},
  year         = {2015},
}