Local and extra-local orientations in the metropolis

R. S. Oropesa

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The debate over the "community question" has generated several perspectives on the sources of ties to the territorial community in modern society. This paper attempts to empirically assess the utility of each model for predicting the number of ties to the local community and extra-local area, using data on voluntary association memberships in Seattle. Results indicate that the "community of limited liability" perspective is most accurate in predicting the importance of social, economic, and temporal investments for local memberships, and social position for extra-local memberships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-107
Number of pages18
JournalSociological Forum
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1987

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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