The urban environment and individual unease: an empirical look at Wirthian logic.

A. R. Gillis, J. Hagan

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Abstract

This research examines the elements of Wirth's definition of the city (size, density oand social heterogeneity) and their relationship to malaise (general discontent, psychological strain, anomie). The study focuses on individuals in their immediate residential environment and shows that density and perceived heterogeneity interact as predictors of psychological strain, which is in turn correlated with general discomfort and anomie. Data were provided through interviews with 442 residents of public housing developments in two mid-sized Canadian cities. Regression, with dummy variables representing interaction terms, is used to analyze the data. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalUniversity of Toronto, Centre for Urban & Community Studies, Research Paper
Volume110
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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