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Size of Place in Relation to Community Attachment and Satisfaction with Community Services

Ira M. Wasserman
Social Indicators Research
Vol. 11, No. 4 (Nov., 1982), pp. 421-436
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27521071
Page Count: 16
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Size of Place in Relation to Community Attachment and Satisfaction with Community Services
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Abstract

A general problem in the area of urban studies has been the determination of factors significantly related to community attachment. Louis Wirth had argued that with increasing community size the level of community attachment diminishes. However, Kasarda and Janowitz employed British data and found that the length of residence in the community was a more important determinant of community attachment. Buttel et al. re-examined the question and found that the size of the community was the most important determiner of community attachment. This study analyzes the question employing national survey data collected in 1971 in the Quality of American Life study. Employing variables comparable to those of the Buttel et al. study, similar results are obtained, except that race, a variable not included in the previous study, is found to be quite significant for determining levels of community attachment. However, when urban density is introduced as a variable for the urban areas in the sample, it is found to be the most important determiner of community attachment.

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