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Urban Identification and Downtown Activities: A Social Psychological Approach

Donald C. Reitzes
Social Psychology Quarterly
Vol. 49, No. 2 (Jun., 1986), pp. 167-179
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2786727
Page Count: 13
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Abstract

An urban social psychological approach suggests that cognitive understandings as well as affective and evaluative responses to an urban area are factors which influence urban behaviors. Data collected from 735 metropolitan residents are used to explore the influences of downtown as a place, its people and interactions, familiarity with the role of a stranger, a sense of downtown belonging, fear of crime and evaluation of the area on three sets of downtown activities. Findings include: (1) ecological and social structural variables only modestly influence downtown images; (2) ecological, social structural and social psychological factors influence affective and evaluative responses to place; and (3) social psychological as well as other variables are related to urban behaviors.

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