The Unresponsive Urbanite: Personal versus Situational Determinants

  • Charles J. Holahan
Part of the The Plenum Social Ecology Series book series (PSES)


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.


Personal Variable Personal Risk Personal Safety Altruistic Behavior Urban Life 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles J. Holahan
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  1. 1.The University of Texas at AustinUSA

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