Journal article

Distinction, cohesion and the social networks of Australia's elite suburbs

Ilan Wiesel

URBAN GEOGRAPHY | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

Understanding the role of elite neighbourhoods in the rise of national and global inequalities is an emerging agenda in urban studies. In this paper I focus on neighbourhoods’ role in the production of elite social networks, as a form of social capital. Focusing on three of Australia’s most affluent neighbourhoods–Mosman (Sydney), Toorak (Melbourne) and Cottesloe (Perth)–the study used a mixed method approach, including a survey of over 1,000 residents, and follow up in depth interviews with forty-six of them. The paper presents descriptive statistics on the occupational status of members in residents’ social networks. Further qualitative analysis is presented to explain the role of neighbou..

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