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[German Version]

In everyday language, a neighbor is someone who lives “next door” to us, whom we see (or at least know by sight), whom we hear, and in whose life we involuntarily participate. As a rule, we cannot choose our neighbors. They are simply there, and we must behave toward them with interest, disinterest, or hostility. Neighbors are part of a residential environment, which can vary a great deal in structure and spatial extent. In one case, a building may accommodate several families; in another, there may be a more extensive reside…

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Daiber, Karl-Fritz, “Neighborhood”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 May 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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