Ethnic diversity and its impact on community social cohesion and neighbourly exchange

Wickes, Rebecca, Zahnow, Renee, White, Gentry and Mazerolle, Lorraine (2014) Ethnic diversity and its impact on community social cohesion and neighbourly exchange. Journal of Urban Affairs, 36 1: 51-78. doi:10.1111/juaf.12015


Author Wickes, Rebecca
Zahnow, Renee
White, Gentry
Mazerolle, Lorraine
Title Ethnic diversity and its impact on community social cohesion and neighbourly exchange
Journal name Journal of Urban Affairs   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0735-2166
1467-9906
Publication date 2014-02
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/juaf.12015
Open Access Status
Volume 36
Issue 1
Start page 51
End page 78
Total pages 28
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Putnam's “constrict theory” suggests that ethnic diversity creates challenges for developing and sustaining social capital in urban settings. He argues that diversity decreases social cohesion and reduces social interactions among community residents. While Putnam's thesis is the subject of much debate in North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe, there is a limited focus on how ethnic diversity impacts upon social cohesion and neighborly exchange behaviors in Australia. Employing multilevel modeling and utilizing administrative and survey data from 4,000 residents living in 148 Brisbane suburbs, we assess whether ethnic diversity lowers social cohesion and increases “hunkering.” Our findings indicate that social cohesion and neighborly exchange are attenuated in ethnically diverse suburbs. However, diversity is less consequential for neighborly exchange among immigrants when compared to the general population. Our results provide at least partial support for Putnam's thesis.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 1 APR 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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