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Cohesiveness Within a Heterogeneous Urban Neighborhood: Implications for Community in a Diverse Setting
Journal of Urban Affairs
  • Theo J. Majka, University of Dayton
  • Patrick G. Donnelly, University of Dayton
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-1988
Abstract
Four measures of community were used to analyze the extent of community in a relatively small, heterogeneous urban neighborhood in Dayton, Ohio: membership in formal organizations, informal “neighboring,” close ties within the neighborhood and commitment to continued residence in the neighborhood. Results were compared with those of similar but more homogeneous neighborhood, and the heterogeneous neighborhood was found overall to have at least the equivalent indications of community. Two sets of variables account for the high level of neighborhood community in the heterogeneous neighborhood. One set is associated with traditional bases of neighborhood cohesiveness: active neighborhood-based organizations and institutions (schools and churches) and networks of friends and kin. Another set indicates the presence of a “critical mass” of college-educated liberals who appreciate the diversity of the neighborhood and its central location.
Inclusive pages
145-163
ISBN/ISSN
0735-2166
Comments

Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
Peer Reviewed
Yes
Citation Information
Theo J. Majka and Patrick G. Donnelly. "Cohesiveness Within a Heterogeneous Urban Neighborhood: Implications for Community in a Diverse Setting" Journal of Urban Affairs Vol. 10 Iss. 2 (1988)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/patrick-donnelly/6/