Trust pp 37-59 | Cite as

The Emancipation Theory of Trust

  • Toshio Yamagishi
Part of the The Science of the Mind book series (The Science of the Mind)


I am going to present in this chapter the outlines of major theoretical approaches for analyzing trust, and then present the original approach I have developed in this book – the Emancipation Theory of Trust, which differs greatly from previous approaches. My approach differs greatly from the previous ones in that it emphasizes the relationship–extension role of trust in addition to the relationship–consolidation role of trust – the role the previous approaches have traditionally focused on. The relationship–extension role has been completely overlooked in previous studies of trust. I will argue that full understanding of trust would require both the two roles – relationship–extension as well relationship–consolidation roles.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Behavioral Science Graduate School of LettersHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan

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