Social ties, environmental perception, and local attachment

Gustavo S. Mesch, Orft Manor

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    This article investigates the determinants of place attachment. The community of limited liability argues that local attachment is the result of local relationships neighbors develop through time. The liberated community argues that only a minority of individual social ties are local. Therefore, people will not experience attachment. The authors argue that local attachment might result from a positive perception of the neighborhood environment. Using a randomly selected sample from one large city in Israel, the differential contributions of these models to the understanding of local attachment are investigated. The results show that attachment to place is expressed by a majority of urban residents. The higher the number of close friends and neighbors that are known and live nearby, the higher the attachment to the neighborhood. Perceptions of the local environment have a direct and independent effect of neighborhood attachment. Implications for the understanding of place attachment are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)504-519
    Number of pages16
    JournalEnvironment and Behavior
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 1998

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Environmental Science (all)


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