A1 Journal article – refereed

Dealing with disturbances: Intervention and adaptation in Finnish neighbourhoods




List of Authors: Antti Kouvo, Risto Haverinen

Publisher: Sage Publishers Ltd.

Publication year: 2017

Journal: Urban Studies

Volume number: 54

Issue number: 16

Number of pages: 17

ISSN: 0042-0980

eISSN: 1360-063X

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0042098016684732

URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0042098016684732


Abstract

This article investigates neighbourhood social dynamics with the help of
two attitude dimensions discovered in earlier qualitative research: the
threshold of intervention and adaptation. The data come from a
nationally representative Finnish Neighbourhood Survey (N = 760)
conducted in 2012. Our results show that adaptation and intervention
characterise neighbourhood interaction in our survey data set as well.
The threshold of intervention is higher among the residents of detached
houses and those without strong ties in the neighbourhood. Adaptation is
associated with low income and living in a detached house. However,
different types of neighbours created on the basis of adaptation and
intervention provide a richer picture of the phenomenon and more
powerful explanations. The suggestions for future research and
theoretical implications of the results are discussed.


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