"Neighborliness Revival" through "Social Facilitation" in Tehran: Case Study of Farangian Town Neighborhood

Friday, 20 July 2018: 11:15
Oral Presentation
Somayeh MOMENI, researcher, Iran
Hadi DARVISHI, student, Iran
"Neighborliness revival" through "Social Facilitation" in Tehran: Case Study of Farangian Town Neighborhood

Neighbors' ties and relations in today's world are weakening and decaying with the ever-growing expansion of modernity. Tehran city -the capital of Iran- is also no exception; in this city, weakening of neighborly relations is by far more severe in district of upper-middle economic, social and cultural class.

It seems that one way to revive neighborly relations is through the use of social facilitations based on the new urban relationships.

Tehran is divided into 22 districts and 374 neighborhoods, and neighborhood is the pivot the urban management revolves around. The following article spells out the experience of neighborly relations revival in Farhangian Town neighborhood - one of the northern neighborhoods, located in the 2nd district of Tehran, with middle- high-class residents - over the past three years with the help of the residents of the neighborhood and with the guidance of social facilitators (the authors of the article).

In the present research, the following questions have been answered:

  • How was the concern over the weakening of neighborliness and the necessity of its revival brought up by the residents?
  • Why has social facilitation been chosen as the best solution for neighborly relations revival?
  • How did the local community encounter the social facilitator?
  • What measures have been taken by residents during the past three years after that the facilitators left the neighborhood in regards with the revival of the neighborly relations?
  • What are the neighborly relations like now?

It should be noted that the present research method is collaborative observation and interview. At the end of the article, it is concluded that the neighborliness revival experience of Farhangian Town through social facilitations can be applied as a model in other neighborhoods of Tehran.