The Urban NeighBorhood Its Analytical and Social Contexts

Albert Dale Hunter*

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This introductory paper summarizes three analytical approaches to the study of neighbor hoods: (1) typologies, (2) stages of change, and (3) functions-which include economic, administrative, political, and social. A central characteristic of urban neighborhoods is seen to be their embeddedness in city, metropolitan, and national contexts. This, in turn, is hypothesized as leading to a newly emergent organization of neighborhoods into a hierarchy of community. A central persisting dilemma for neighborhoods is seen to be that between diffuse sentiments of place and the more formal organization of interests. The urban neighborhood is a unique locus of the convergence and clash of these elements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-288
Number of pages22
JournalUrban Affairs Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies


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