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Title: Germans’ transnational contact and trust in other nations: A methodologically cosmopolitan approach
Authors: Sarmiento-Mirwaldt, K
Keywords: Cosmopolitanism;Globalization;Transnationalism;Cross-border contact;Multicultural contact;Trust
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Berghahn Journals
Citation: German Politics and Society, 29(3): (2011)
Abstract: This article considers Germans’ relationships with other nations from a perspective of methodological cosmopolitanism. It examines the claim that ever-increasing contacts with members of different nations can bring about a sense of trust in these nations. Using data from a 2006 opinion poll, it analyzes Germans’ contact with and trust in six other nations. The study suggests that Germany as a whole is too large as a level of analysis. Germans’ transnational relationships are better examined at a subnational level such as political districts. It is shown that transnational contact is particularly likely to occur in border regions and in parts of Germany with a high proportion of foreign residents. The two types of contact, however, have a differential effect on Germans’ trust in other nations. Cross-border contact appears to be influenced by Germany’s long-standing relationships with its western allies, since such contact has a positive effect on trust in western nations but not eastern ones. Conversely, multicultural contact with immigrant communities has a generally positive effect on levels of trust in other nations.
URI: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/berghahn/gerpol/2011/00000029/00000003/art00004?token=004f18537a076ddc5c5f3b3b47465248283b62702a79465f244f582a2f433e402c3568263c2bd64
http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/11194
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/gps.2011.290304
ISSN: 1045-0300
Appears in Collections:Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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