Trust as symbolic violence: When trust becomes an organizing principle for discriminatory practices in a successful organization

Heidrun Knorr, Anne Lassen Zakaria

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Abstract

In this article, we show how trust becomes a powerful organizing principle, which regulates organizational members’ access to organizational benefits and thus, legitimizes discriminatory practices. In order to unravel hidden power games and performances of trusting we draw on qualitative data from an ethnographic case study of a Danish SME, which we analyze within a Bourdieusian reading of trust and the common good. In this way we gain tools to explore relationally how a successful organization, built on trust at the same time legitimizes discriminatory practices. Our findings contribute to the literature on trust and the common good by highlighting how trusting fosters discrimination. We illustrate our findings in a model showing the relational connections between trusting and the unequal access to the common good.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Trust Research
Number of pages34
ISSN2151-5581
Publication statusSubmitted - 28 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • trusting
  • Discrimination
  • Symbolic power
  • the common good
  • Ethnic Food Market

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