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Trust, distrust and security: An untrustworthy immigrant in a trusting community

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posted on 27.06.2019, 10:08 by Ali Bilgic, Gunhild Hoogensen Gjorv, Cathy Wilcock
In security studies, there is an unquestioned assumption of a linear link between trust and security. However, such assumption neglects complex identity dynamics that can be involved in trust-building discourses for engendering security. This article contributes to the literature on trust, security, and identity in International Relations (IR) by making a case for a conceptual focus on the formation of particularized distrust towards “the other” as a corollary to trust and security of “the self”. It is argued that in the construction of a political community where security is associated with trust, particularized distrust can also be promoted through institutional discourses – strengthening the “trusting we” by constructing “the other” who can challenge social trust and feelings of security associated with it. The argument is illustrated through critically examining a state level narrative in Norway in relation to “the other”, that is, immigrant. Through this illustrative example, mutual constitutiveness of trust and distrust in a self/other discursive construction will be shown.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

Political Psychology

Volume

40

Issue

6

Pages

1283 - 1296

Citation

BILGIC, A., HOOGENSEN GJORV, G. and WILCOCK, C., 2019. Trust, distrust and security: An untrustworthy immigrant in a trusting community. Political Psychology, 40 (6), pp.1283-1296.

Publisher

Wiley

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© International Society of Political Psychology

Publisher statement

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: BILGIC, A., HOOGENSEN GJORV, G. and WILCOCK, C., 2019. Trust, distrust and security: An untrustworthy immigrant in a trusting community. Political Psychology, 40 (6), pp.1283-1296, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/pops.12613. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

Acceptance date

17/06/2019

Publication date

2019-09-15

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

0162-895X

Language

en

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