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Urbanism and Kinship Bonds: A Test of Four Generalizations
Thomas C. Wilson
Vol. 71, No. 3 (Mar., 1993), pp. 703-712
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2579891
Page Count: 10
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Past research tentatively supports four generalizations: that urbanism (1) retards family completeness, (2) promotes kin dispersion, (3) engenders disregard of kin, and (4) alters functions served by kin. Results of this study's analysis of national survey data provide meager support for these generalizations, casting doubt on Wirth's (1938) urban theory as it pertains to kinship bonds.