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Community Attachment in Mass Society

John D. Kasarda and Morris Janowitz
American Sociological Review
Vol. 39, No. 3 (Jun., 1974), pp. 328-339
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2094293
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Community Attachment in Mass Society
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Abstract

Survey research data permit examination of two models of community attachment in mass society. The first model, derived from the work of Toennies and Wirth, treats increasing population size and density as key independent variables influencing local community attachment. An alternative model derived from the work of W. I. Thomas, Park and Burgess, focuses on length of residence as the primary independent variable. The alternative approach views the local community as a complex system of friendship, kinship, and associational networks into which new generations and new residents are assimilated while the community passes through its own life-cycle. Goodman's modified multiple regression analysis provides consistent support for the alternative model, while little empirical support is found for the Toennies-Wirth model.

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