Despite mixed expectations generated by existing theories and evidence, this analysis documents clear racial differences in urban neighboring behavior. Using data from a survey of Nashville, Tennessee, residents, we show that blacks interact with their neighbors more often than whites do, and in a greater variety of ways. The only noteworthy similarity between the two groups is the positive impact of neighboring on feelings of community affect. Overall, our results support the view that neighbor relations - like other kinds of informal participation - have helped blacks cope with constrained social opportunities and provided them with access to resources unavailable through formal institutional channels.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Sociology and Political Science