- Careful ethnographic study of the changing nature of social relationships and urban communities.
- Examines the role of the neighbourhood in our understanding of community and how this has changed over the last century.
- Interweaves a detailed study of the history and current social life of a poor neighbourhood in Rotterdam, with a reflection on the character of social ties in urban areas everywhere.
- Draws on American urban sociology and includes provocative discussions on the issues of community and ethnicity.
1. Disintegration And The ‘Demise Of Community’.
2. Hillesluis As A Natural Area? Social Ecology And Neighbourhood Use.
3. Personal Networks As Communities.
4. Social Identification And A Grid Of Social Relations.
5. Familiarity And Transactions: Privatization I.
6. Institutions And Attachments: Privatization II.
7. Contemporary Communities And The Importance Of Location.
8. Ethnicity As A Dividing Field.
9. The Neighbourhood In The Imperfect Past.
10. Urban Bonds: Conclusions.
Annex: Research Approach.