Constructing Trust

  • Linda R. Weber
  • Allison I. Carter
Part of the Clinical Sociology book series (CSRP)


Our previous research has lead to a definition of trust as a socially constructed orientation between two people that is premised upon the belief that the other will take one’s perspective into account when decision-making and will not act in ways that violate the moral standards of the relationship. Trust does not exist outside of the real or imagined presence of the other, and as such, is inherently a social phenomenon. This chapter focuses upon the interactional process that moves one into either a close friendship or love relationship, namely a relationship routinely characterized by trust. Initial encounters followed by self-disclosures and perspective-taking lead to the orientation of trust in emergent behaviors. Embedded in a social and power structure, two people meet in time and engage in the interactional process of trust-making. The three framing constructs of this interactional orientation of trust, social structure, power and time, are the focus of the first part of this chapter. The second part of this chapter will provide a detailed description of the interactional dynamics of trust construction. Finally and in conclusion, we give a detailed description of the orientation of trust.


Good Friend Trust Relationship Perspective Taking Relationship Building Love Relationship 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda R. Weber
    • 1
  • Allison I. Carter
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Technology at Utica/RomeState University of New YorkUticaUSA
  2. 2.Rowan UniversityGlassboroUSA

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