Testing the decline-of-community thesis: neighborhood organizations in Seattle, 1929 and 1979.

B. A. Lee, R. S. Oropesa, B. J. Metch, A. M. Guest

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Two sets of hypotheses about the organizations - the first dealing with changes in resident participation and the second with changes in functional orientation - are derived from the natural- and limited-community models. The data indicate a clear trend toward a more exclusively political emphasis among Seattle neighborhoods but cast doubt on the simple 'gemeinschaft' characterization of these areas at an earlier point in time. Concludes that, if the decline-of-community thesis is to give an accurate description of the transformation in urban neighborhood life during the past half-century, the natural-community model should be revised. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1161-1188
Number of pages28
JournalAmerican Journal of Sociology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1984


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  • Sociology and Political Science

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