Community as 'Learnt Capacity': the lived experience of Filipino and Indian residents in masterplanned estates

Roggenbuck, C 2017, Community as 'Learnt Capacity': the lived experience of Filipino and Indian residents in masterplanned estates, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Global, Urban and Social Sciences, RMIT University.

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Title Community as 'Learnt Capacity': the lived experience of Filipino and Indian residents in masterplanned estates
Author(s) Roggenbuck, C
Year 2017
Abstract This thesis investigates the experience of community by migrants living in Masterplanned Estates (MPEs) in Australia. These planned social environments draw on specific conceptualisations of community that differ considerably to the social meanings and practices associated with community in other cultures. The research is based on a case study focusing on residents from a Filipino or Indian background living in MPEs located in Wyndham on the urban fringe of Melbourne.

Masterplanned Estates have become an established way to develop new residential land in Australia. This thesis argues that the premise of community-building underpinning MPEs needs to be critically assessed as it may have restrictive outcomes and compete with diverging aspirations of residents, particularly migrants. Findings show that for participants the MPE is not necessarily the primary locality for socialising; rather, home-centred activities or those related to Filipino or Indian groups in Wyndham have more importance. Nevertheless, as emerging places MPEs are perceived to be more accommodating of cultural diversity, enabling migrants to be part of shaping the local community. In their acculturation to this planned social environment participants are modifying their aspirations towards community with strategies and outcomes varying individually. The findings emphasise that adaptation is a process that imposes challenges and behavioural shifts to other conceptualisations of community. Yet, having experienced previously more socially interactive environments can be empowering for migrants to enable diverse forms of community to evolve. By drawing-on these multiple perspectives on community participants are enhancing the social fabric of MPEs and shaping these developing places specifically.

The thesis concludes that community is a learning process and previous experiences create a capacity to be involved in a particular social environment. This understanding of community as a ‘learnt capacity’ can enable social environments to unfold the potential of communities in socially inclusive ways.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Global, Urban and Social Sciences
Subjects Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
Human Geography not elsewhere classified
Urban Analysis and Development
Keyword(s) Community
Masterplanned Estates
Migrant Adaptation
Lived experience
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