Social change and community cohesion: an ethnographic study of two Melbourne suburbs

Colic-Peisker, V and Robertson, S 2014, 'Social change and community cohesion: an ethnographic study of two Melbourne suburbs', Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 75-91.


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Title Social change and community cohesion: an ethnographic study of two Melbourne suburbs
Author(s) Colic-Peisker, V
Robertson, S
Year 2014
Journal name Ethnic and Racial Studies
Volume number 38
Issue number 1
Start page 75
End page 91
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This paper looks comparatively at the process of social change and its impact on local community cohesion in two Melbourne suburbs, 'Northburb' and 'Greenburb'. The two localities are geographically close, part of the same local government area and both highly ethnically diverse, but considerably different in terms of their socio-economic and ethnic profiles. Based on ethnographic data collected through individual interviews, focus groups and participant observation in 2012-2013, the paper shows how the process of deindustrialization and the switch to service economy over the past decades took distinctly different turns in the two localities. Our data suggest that the processes of social change seem to have diminished local community cohesion in both localities. In Northburb, gentrification has contributed to socio-economic polarization, while Greenburb has lagged behind in socio-economic indicators and experienced ethnic fragmentation due to a considerable influx of new immigrant groups.
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Keyword(s) Australia
community cohesion
diversity
ethnic fragmentation
gentrification
social change
DOI - identifier 10.1080/01419870.2014.939205
Copyright notice © 2014 Taylor and Francis
ISSN 0141-9870
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