Journal / Book Title
Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
This article explores William Julius Wilson's contentions about community cultural traits by examining racial differences in middle class neighborhoods' levels of social cohesion. Specifically, we explore the perceived difficulty of these actions-as opposed to general pessimism about their outcomes-as a potential explanation for low levels of instrumental collective action in Black middle class neighborhoods. Our results indicate that, regardless of other neighborhood factors, majority Black neighborhoods have low levels of social cohesion. We also find that this racial disparity is statistically explained by shared perceptions about the amount of effort required to engage in group action in different neighborhoods. These findings emphasize that residence in a majority Black area-and the well-informed perceptions accompanying it-affect the lived experience of neighbors, even when they are middle class.
MSU Digital Commons Citation
Leech, Tamara and Hobson-Prater, Tara, "The significance of race for neighborhood social cohesion: Perceived difficulty of collective action in majority black neighborhoods" (2012). Department of Public Health Scholarship and Creative Works. 96.
Hobson-Prater, Tara, and Tamara GJ Leech. "The significance of race for neighborhood social cohesion: Perceived difficulty of collective action in majority black neighborhoods." J. Soc. & Soc. Welfare 39 (2012): 89.
Business Law, Public Responsibility, and Ethics Commons, Clinical Epidemiology Commons, Collective Bargaining Commons, Environmental Public Health Commons, Epidemiology Commons, Health Services Administration Commons, Health Services Research Commons, International Public Health Commons, Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene Commons, Other Medicine and Health Sciences Commons, Other Public Health Commons, Patient Safety Commons, Public Health Education and Promotion Commons