An Estate as Perceived by Its Inhabitants: A Suburb in the City Center
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Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan
Submission date: 2021-07-31
Acceptance date: 2022-09-28
Publication date: 2022-12-12
Polish Sociological Review 2022;220(4):486-502
This article presents the results of research into the sense of connection felt by the inhabitants of the Abisynia housing estate in Poznań for their place of residence. In the interwar period, Abisynia represented a typical affluent suburb of a large city. Today it is surrounded by apartment buildings. The research was conducted using a modification of Florian Znaniecki’s methodology, which was first applied in 1928. The methodology and results are presented in comparison with Znaniecki’s classical research. New methodological elements were employed, and the text indicates how they affected interpretation of the social processes taking place in a contemporary city. The inhabitants of Abisynia exhibited a very positive self-stereotype in their nearly enthusiastic appraisal of themselves and their neighbors. They were less tolerant of other city dwellers and of the city authorities. The contemporary inhabitants of Abisynia believe themselves to be a part of a more local social organization, of a type promoted by Znaniecki nearly one hundred years ago.
The sociological research in the Abisynia/Kasztelanów estate was conducted at the request of the Abisynia Association of Inhabitants in Poznań. I would like to thank the members of the association who were involved in the research, especially Karolina Domagalska and Aleksander Przybylski. I would also like to thank Jacek Kubera from the Faculty of Sociology at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań.
City of Poznań and Florian Znaniecki Scientific Foundation.
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