The present study examines factors associated with social cohesion, looking specifically at the relationship between community diversity and generalised trust in Tin Shui Wai, a remote low-income town in Hong Kong, known locally as the ‘City of Sadness’. The study uses a mixed-methods approach in the form of a household survey and focus group interviews. A total of 100 respondents completed the household survey, 42 individuals participated in focus group interviews. Findings revealed that community diversity was negatively associated with trust among respondents. High levels of distrust were evident from qualitative discussions. Group and community participation were both predictive of trust among respondents, as were perceptions of community harmony and safety. Further research territory-wide across Hong Kong using a longitudinal approach is suggested to provide a deeper understanding of the impact of diversity on levels of trust, and changes across time of the developments between trust and diversity in Hong Kong.
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The work described in this paper was fully supported by City University of Hong Kong Strategic Research Grant (Project No: 7002398).
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Rochelle, T.L. Diversity and Trust in Hong Kong: An Examination of Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong’s ‘City of Sadness’. Soc Indic Res 120, 437–454 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-014-0592-z
- Community diversity
- Social cohesion
- Social capital
- Hong Kong