Neighborhoods and Networks: The Construction of Safe Places and Bridges

Lisa F. Berkman and Cheryl Clark

in Neighborhoods and Health

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195138382
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865505 | DOI:
Neighborhoods and Networks: The Construction of Safe Places and Bridges

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This chapter examines the role of neighborhoods in the structure and functioning of networks. It also aims to classify communities as lost, saved, or liberated based on the structure and function of networks and the extent to which these networks are geographically bounded. It considers two very different communities: gay and lesbian communities in cities and inner-city African-American communities. Men and women living in urban communities today normally have ties within their neighborhoods and across the city. Networks are both local and nonlocal. In this way, gay men and lesbians and African Americans are much like other urban dwellers. Both groups, however, invest a great deal in nurturing local relationships and sharing a common space, perhaps more so than many other urban groups.

Keywords: neighborhood research; gay communities; lesbian communities; African-American communities; social networks

Chapter.  6174 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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