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Helene Bayard asked about Neighbor Networks.
There's a long informal tradition studying this, going back to the 1950s
with Leon Festinger's work on who neighbored with whom (@ MIT faculty
housing if I remember right). And _The Urban Ambience_ (about Puerto
Rico) by Theodore Caplow, Sheldon Stryker and Samuel Wallace (1964)
Plus ethnographies with informal network sensibilities by (among others)
Herbert Gans (Urban Villagers), Carol Stack (ALl Our Kin, Elliott Liebow
(Tally's Corner). And see Vicente Espinoza's dissertation about a decade
ago for University of TOronto Sociology. Plus Dutch stuff by Fleur
And a substantial literature puts neighboring in conxtet by comparing
their number and contents to friendshp and kinship ties. Claude Fischer's
_To Dwell AMong Friends_. And see my edited _Networks in the Global
Village_. In addition to the articles, the first chapter gives pointers to
my work and that of ohters.
Barry Wellman Professor of Sociology NetLab Director
wellman at chass.utoronto.ca http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman
Centre for Urban & Community Studies University of Toronto
455 Spadina Avenue Toronto Canada M5S 2G8 fax:+1-416-978-7162
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