Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 215–241

Take my word for it: Trust in the context of birding and mountaineering

  • Peter Donnelly


Trust is not normally an issue in modern sport because of the institutionalized requirements for verification of achievements. However, in the two ‘sports’ discussed here, certain records and claimed achievements may be taken on trust. The circumstances under which trust becomes an issue, the processes by which it is tested, and the manner in which it is employed to ensure the integrity of the mountaineering and birding subcultures are explored in this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Donnelly
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of KinesiologyMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Department of SociologyMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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