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Environmental Opportunity and Social Contact: A True or Spurious Relationship

Leslie W. Kennedy
The Pacific Sociological Review
Vol. 21, No. 2 (Apr., 1978), pp. 173-186
DOI: 10.2307/1388858
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1388858
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

In testing Gans' position that the prerequisite for social interaction was social homogeneity and not physical propinquity, data from a survey conducted in Edmonton, Alberta was analyzed. The data indicate that social characteristics selectively affect the environment-social contact relationships, but the only one that consistently disappears is that related to friendship. Environmental factors do play a role in affecting social relations despite the characteristics of the population under study, contrary to the observations made by Gans.

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