The Unresponsive Urbanite: Personal versus Situational Determinants
The urbanite, according to popular stereotype, is regarded as more socially aloof and less interpersonally responsive and helpful than the rural dweller. Widespread media reaction to the killing of Kitty Genovese within view of 38 passive residents in her New York City neighborhood encouraged an interest on the part of social psychologists in the phenomenon of the “unresponsive bystander” (cf. Latane & Darley, 1970). To date, however, social psychological knowledge in this area has been inconclusive and contradictory.
KeywordsPersonal Variable Personal Risk Personal Safety Altruistic Behavior Urban Life
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