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- Social mix, lifestyle, place, space and stigma
- Arthurson, Kathy
- There is a growing contemporary literature that seeks to explore the apparent benefits for socioeconomically disadvantaged residents of living in neighbourhoods with a diverse range of social mix. The anticipated benefits include providing low income residents with middle income role models and access to broader social networks that may lead to employment related opportunities. These goals are predicated on propinquity in space providing an important context for facilitating social interaction between residents across different income levels and housing tenures. The findings of the current research project, which explores social mix policies implemented in three neighbourhoods in South Australia, suggest that scale of implementation, residents’ lifestyles and the stigma attached to social housing are critical factors in determining whether or not social interaction occurs. If policy makers persist in implementing social mix policies, then we need a better understanding of the consequences of operationalising social mix at different spatial scales, such as the street, block or neighbourhood. It is likely to have different consequences at different scales of operationalisation, and a too fined grained social mix, especially given the current stringent targeting arrangements for social housing, may increase the potential for conflict rather than the anticipated social cohesion.
- Publication type
- Conference paper
- Paper presented at the 2009 Housing Researchers Conference, incorporating the Asia Pacific Network of Housing Research (APNHR) Conference and the Australasian Housing Researchers Conference (AHRC), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 05-07 August 2009
- Publication year
- Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
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- Copyright © 2009.