Document Type

Honors Project


This study seeks to understand the formation and maintenance of bridging and bonding ties among “snowbirds”, retirees who migrate seasonally from their to a winter home in Sunbelt states such as Florida and Arizona. Snowbirds have been criticized by full-time residents of their “winter” communities for their monopolization of local resources and lack of community involvement. Previous literature has suggested that these tensions are driven largely by the class differences between snowbirds and local residents. The larger and more age segregated the community, the fewer new bonding and bridging ties and the larger the loss of bridging ties in the home state of the participant, following Putnam’s (2000) theory of the affects of urban sprawl on bridging and bonding capital.



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