Religious visibility, disadvantage and bridging social capital: a comparative investigation of multicultural localities in Melbourne's north

Colic-Peisker, V and Dekker, K 2017, Religious visibility, disadvantage and bridging social capital: a comparative investigation of multicultural localities in Melbourne's north, Centre for Global Research, Melbourne, Australia


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Title of report Religious visibility, disadvantage and bridging social capital: a comparative investigation of multicultural localities in Melbourne's north
Author(s) Colic-Peisker, V
Dekker, K
Year of publication 2017
Publisher Centre for Global Research
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Subjects Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Race and Ethnic Relations
Abstract/Summary The central research question (RQ) guiding this project was: How does religious visibility (as opposed as religious diversity per se) impact on social cohesion in case-study localities? 2 The central RQ was operationalised in our methodology through following specific questions: 1. What does Islamic visibility mean/symbolise to local Muslim residents; does visibility have an impact on their lifestyle, values and general integration? 2. What does Islamic visibility mean/symbolise to non-Muslim locals; what are the assumptions and perceptions, and are they based on everyday local experiences (rather than media reports)? 3. How strong is bridging social capital, and consequently community cohesion, in the casestudy localities? What kind of contact and interaction between local Muslims and non-Muslims is typical? 4. How do locals assess their neighbourhoods in terms of safety, inclusiveness and neighbourliness? 5. How can bridging social capital and community cohesion be enhanced, according to local residents and service providers? 6. How do residents of various backgrounds perceive and assess existing community development, community cohesion and other programs?
Commissioning body Islamic Council of Victoria, City of Hume, City of Moreland
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