Beyond Generalized Trust : Norms of Reciprocity as an Alternative Form of Social Capital in an Assimilationist Integration Regime

Gundelach, Birte ; Traunmüller, Richard

Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2014
The title of a journal, publication series: Political Studies
Volume: 62
Issue number: 3
Page range: 596-617
Place of publication: Oxford
Publishing house: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0032-3217 , 1467-9248
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: Scholars have recently stressed two important avenues for the study of cultural diversity and social capital: the role of political integration regimes as well as alternative indicators to generalised trust. This article addresses both. Focusing on Germany, it provides the first study of the relationship between cultural diversity and social capital in a country implementing an ‘assimilationist’ model of integration. As a further innovation, the article contrasts social trust with an alternative, yet often neglected form of social capital, namely norms of reciprocity. Results based on data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP) and using multi-level analyses of 97 German regions suggest a negative relationship between cultural diversity and social trust in Germany. Assimilationist policies have not (yet) led to efficient integration of minority groups and a value convergence that could bridge cultural divides. Nevertheless, cultural diversity does not erode the commitment to norms of reciprocity, which may therefore be regarded as an alternative foundation of social cohesion in culturally diverse societies.

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