ABSTRACT

It appears that the generalization of trust works like ripples in a pond—the ripples are stronger at the source (the family), move out over a wide distance and envelop all they contact (friends, acquaintances, strangers and impersonal others) but decrease in strength, as they extend further out over the pond (to those less visible government institutions like the Tax Office). Strength at the source makes the ripples stronger and able to spread across a greater distance—there is generalized or bridging trust. Weaker ripples at source reduce the distance the ripples cover, and there is less bridging trust. 1