Mistrust pp 87-98 | Cite as

Crisis of Mistrust

  • Florian Mühlfried


This chapter elaborates upon the entire range of mistrust and evaluates its constructive and destructive potential. The concepts elaborated in the previous chapters serve to better explain and globally classify the blatant decrease of trust in politics, the media and corporations that can be observed in many Western societies today. The popular ostracising of mistrust appears to be a political project aimed at re-establishing discursive hegemony and thus political authority. This political project neglects the constitutive potential assigned to mistrust in the workings of democracy. This raises the question of what would be more dramatic: the loss of trust or the suppression of mistrust?


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  • Florian Mühlfried
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  1. 1.Social Anthropology ProgrammeIlia State UniversityTbilisiGeorgia

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