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ERIC Number: ED043090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Oct
Pages: 85
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Community Social Indicators.
Rossi, Peter H.
This paper develops a conceptual scheme which takes the global conception of community and breaks it down into important components. Existing definitions of community tend to confuse two very different classes of social relations, symbiotic and commensalistic, a very clear differentiation being made between the two in the paper. The paper proposes that researchers use the concept of residential locality, defined as arbitrary geographical areas inhabited by households, persons, and institutions. Several important ways of characterizing residential localities are presented, each leading to researches which would assess the effects of living in particularly residential localities upon those who have their addresses in those places. In addition to specifying meaningful dimensions of residential localities, the author suggests operational forms of each dimension and discusses some of the measurement problems which may arise. The conceptual framework plus the operational forms provide ways of designing empirical studies which would sort out the effects of residential localities from other contingent factors. (KJ/Author)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for the Study of Social Organization of Schools.