A word or two of background. These are sociograms, a fairly venerable way to display relations between individuals, or indeed any entities, such as cities or corporations. They can take many forms, as the literature indicates.
In our work, Sonya Glavac and I examined neighboring behaviors in seven neighborhoods in
, using measures of behavior found in the urban and social work literature. The goal was to see if residents living in Home Owner Associations behaved differently than residents living in traditional (organic) neighborhoods. We found some differences in how residents viewed their neighborhoods but few of these turned out to be statistically significant. , Glendale Arizona
We also asked residents to mark on maps the neighbors with whom they interacted, lending things and so forth. We counted ties and whether reciprocal relations exist (i.e. neighbor A interacts with neighbor B, but does B interact with A with the same strength?). We created the following sociograms from the data that we collected.
|Sociogram of neighboring behaviors in an HOA|