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date: 27 November 2021

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Trust and distrust at the breakfast tablelocked

p. 1Introduction

Trust and distrust at the breakfast tablelocked

  • Katherine Hawley

Abstract

What would a life without trust be like? We would be paralysed by inaction. We trust different types of people, from casual acquaintances, such as the milkman to the man on the radio telling us the news. We also trust strangers and institutions. Trust is essential to life as we can't do everything for ourselves. The Introduction asks: is distrust essential as well? Why might we buy organic food? Is it because we distrust the big producers' claims that the food they produce is safe to eat? Why do we lock our front doors? Why don't we let young children choose what to eat for breakfast?

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