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By Carina Gunnarson

Cultural war and belief: combating the Mafia in Palermo concentrates on a relevant factor in study on democratic techniques: the improvement of generalized belief. The life of generalized belief and self belief in a society is decisive for monetary improvement and a good democracy. The booklet examines political efforts to wrestle Palermo's mafia-controlled background and to show a convention of non-cooperation and mistrust into cooperation and belief. particularly, it specializes in the college software introduced in Palermo in the course of the mid-1990s, which was once designed to damage the mafia's territorial and psychological keep an eye on. Fusing theories from the discourses of social capital and civic schooling, the writer provides and analyses new quantitative and qualitative examine conducted in seven public colleges in Palermo.

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Boix and D. N. Posner, ‘Social capital: explaining its origins and effects on government performance’, British Journal of Political Science, 28:4 (1998), pp. 688–9. 47 E. M. ’, in M. Hooghe and D. Stolle (eds), THE ORIGINS OF GENERALISED TRUST 39 Generating Social Capital: Civil Society and Institutions in Comparative Perspective (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), p. 181. See also Uslaner, The Moral Foundations of Trust, ch. 6. 48 Censimento generale della popolazione e delle abitazioni (Rome: ISTAT, 20 Â�October 1991).

Rocca, Centro Sociale di San Severio, Albergheria, interview, 26 Â�February 2000; and I. Manone, Centro Padre Nostro, interview, 2 Â�February 2000. , Civic Education Across Countries, pp. 137–40. 3 Methods Our point of departure was that Palermo represents a case where change is least likely to occur. If change occurs in this area, despite the hostile environment, we can be fairly optimistic about the possibility of changing people’s attitudes elsewhere. The project focus was therefore on the school programme (desÂ� cribed in Chapter 5) in four of Palermo’s most deprived areas, as ‘the worst of the worst case scenarios’.

We will use different types of questions in order to analyse students’ perceptions of other people. ’ We will thereafter analyse students’ trust in different specific Â�categories of citizens. 31 How much trust do they have in their classmates, teachers, school principals and school staff? Furthermore, what is their degree of trust in Palermitans, Sicilians, Italians or foreigners? 32 In this chapter we will turn to our panel data and multivariate regression analysis in order to explore possible change between the two surveys.

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