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Factors Affecting Neighbourliness in a Terrace Heights Neighbourhood in Edmonton Alberta( file size: 368k )

Lussier, C. D.

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neighbour, neighbourliness, weak ties, favours, opportunities for interaction

Dr Emma Pivato

This paper explores factors affecting the frequency and extent of neighbourly interactions in an urban neighbourhood in Edmonton Alberta. Although existing research identifies a wide variety of factors that may influence neighbourliness, opinions vary as to which factors are most relevant. Surveys were completed by 22 residents followed by interviews with a subset of nine residents. A grounded theory method of analysis was used. The research demonstrates that having opportunities for interactions was the most important factor influencing frequency of neighbouring. The nature or extent of interactions was dependent on whether a level of trust could be established and whether neighbours found things in common. Weak ties between neighbours were shown to be important in providing a feeling of home. Neighbours often did favours for each other, and did not expect anything in return. This research offers theories regarding factors affecting neighbourliness, however due to the small sample size; results cannot necessarily be generalized to other neighbourhoods.