When and Where Global meets Local: A multilevel analysis of determinants of social trust in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi

Guang Yang, Masood Abdulla Mohamed Ali Badri, Muna Al Bahar, Asma Al Rashdi

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Abstract

Abu Dhabi's transformation to a modern society in recent decades provides an ideal context to explore the interplay of tradition, transition, and modernization at various levels, which shapes the trajectory of the development of social trust. This study offers multilevel analyses of the effects of social, psychological, and ethnical factors on social trust by using data from Abu Dhabi General Social Survey conducted in 2018. The results sustain the validity of both social capital and social network theories in explaining social trust. Contrary to the findings in other Middle East countries, in Abu Dhabi, the full-time employed and people who are more satisfied with their household income tend to show a higher level of trust. A negative but insignificant relationship is found between community ethnic fragmentation and social trust.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-46
Number of pages12
JournalAsian Social Work and Policy Review
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

Keywords

  • Abu Dhabi
  • ethnic diversity
  • multilevel analysis
  • social network
  • social trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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