Place Bonding and Trust: The Case of Feral Hog Management Surrounding Big Thicket National Preserve
The management of feral hogs surrounding the Big Thicket National Preserve (BTNP) in Texas calls for managers and stakeholders to work together to manage resource issues. Research has indicated that place bonding can be a common ground upon which managers and stakeholders develop trust in one another to form a basis for collaborative management. However, such research has not examined the different types of trust (e.g., trust in local managers and trust in an entire agency) that exist. This investigation compared several models of trust and then sought to identify the relationship between place bonding and trust. Data were collected through a mail survey of residents living near the BTNP. The results suggested that a conceptualization of trust wherein an individual’s institutional trust in an agency contributes to their social trust in agency managers explained the most variance. The analysis also confirmed a place bonding—trust relationship.
Wynveen, Christopher, Gerard Kyle, and Gene Theodori. 2010. "Place Bonding and Trust: The Case of Feral Hog Management Surrounding Big Thicket National Preserve." Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 25(2): Article 3. Available at: https://egrove.olemiss.edu/jrss/vol25/iss2/3