Strong, Weak and Invisible Ties: A Relational Perspective on Urban Coexistence

  title={Strong, Weak and Invisible Ties: A Relational Perspective on Urban Coexistence},
  author={Maxime Felder},
  pages={675 - 692}
The dichotomy between ‘strong’ and ‘weak’ ties is a common theme in sociological scholarship dealing with urban space, yet urban ethnographers have long been describing the prevalence of impersonal relations. Such relations can be described as fleeting encounters between complete strangers, while others – as in the case of ‘nodding’ relationships – are durable and have yet to be conceptualised. The notion of ‘invisible ties’ is proposed as a conceptual handle for studying typical urban… 

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