Info Comp - Exercises

Neighborhood and Community - Neighborhood Analysis

Dr. Laura Hecht, Sociology
CSU Bakersfield
Soc 477: Neighborhood and Community, Spring, 2002


Gold, Harry. 2002. "Neighborhoods, Networks and Associations," Chapter 5 in Urban Life and Society. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Step 1:  Understand neighborhood boundaries used by the U.S. Bureau of the Census:

Read the following materials and be able to define thoroughly what census tracts and block groups represent, and how the boundaries are created.Do this by going to: . Scroll down and click on “Geographic Programs,” then on Participant Statistical Areas Programs.”There is additional information at on “Understanding Census Geography,” then on “Census 2000 Geographic Terms and Concepts.”
Step 2:  Identify your neighborhood, and collect census statistics:
Step 3:  Collect Qualitative Data:
Make observations, conduct informal interviews, etc, to collect information to enable you to 1) discuss the six functions of neighborhoods as they apply to your neighborhood (Gold, pp. 102-105),  and 2) to consider the adequacy of the neighborhood typologies for categorizing your neighborhood (Gold, pp. 106-110).  We will spend some time in class brainstroming about the types of information you might want to collect.
Step 4:  Write the paper