The Neighborhood, Personal Identity, and Group Affiliations

  • Leanne G. Rivlin
Part of the Human Behavior and Environment book series (HUBE, volume 9)


People have lived in communities since prehistoric times. Whether in caves or clustered settlements, congregate shelter has had the same survival qualities found in the flocks, prides, schools, gaggles, and herds of animal species. The survival functions of communities in contemporary times is much more complex than in the past and in many ways is less well understood. This Chapter deals with affiliations with others and the role they play in neighborhood life. It will consider the variety of neighborhood types and their functions from a perspective that includes the physical surroundings, individual development, and social group identity. By looking at the lives of two kinds of people that depart from conventional life-styles, neighboring will be examined in light of the profound social and cultural diversity that marks the fabric of the urban experience.


Personal Identity Residential Mobility Group Affiliation Homeless Person Place Attachment 
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  • Leanne G. Rivlin
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  1. 1.Environmental PsychologyCity University of New York Graduate SchoolNew YorkUSA

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