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Neighbourhood social ties: how much do residential, physical and virtual mobility matter?

Knies, Gundi (2013) 'Neighbourhood social ties: how much do residential, physical and virtual mobility matter?' The British Journal of Sociology, 64 (3). pp. 425-452. ISSN 0007-1315

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Following up on the prediction by classical sociological theorists that neighbours will become irrelevant as societies become more mobile, this research examines the strength of people's social ties with neighbours and the associations thereof with residential, physical and virtual mobility using longitudinal data for Germany. Unlike previous studies, the research considers the three forms of mobility simultaneously and contrasts its effects on social ties with neighbours to those with family. The results show that residential and physical mobility are negatively associated with social ties to neighbours and positively with ties to family. Virtual mobility does not weaken social ties with neighbours but ties with family. The positive association between mobility and social ties with family may not be strong enough to ascertain that people maintain as close social ties to others in the future as it does not outweigh the negative association with visiting neighbours. © London School of Economics and Political Science 2013.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Neighbourhood; social interactions; mobility; transport; internet; family ties; SOEP
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2013 15:11
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 11:06

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