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Privatism, privatisation and social distinction in master-planned residential estates

Journal Article


Abstract


  • In Australia, master-planned residential estates (MPREs) are often discussed within an

    internationalised academic discourse around the privatisation and fortification of residential

    environments. Yet we know very little about the lifestyles, community forms and ways of living in

    MPREs. We report on the results of an extensive survey across the Sydney metropolitan area that

    investigated in detail the attractions of master-planned estate living, the socio-demographic

    composition of these neighbourhoods and patterns of social interaction within them. These data are

    analysed in terms of a typology of MPRE that encompasses a spectrum of privatism and

    securitisation: what we see as their open, symbolically enclosed and gated forms. We find that whilst

    these estates differ along dimensions such as patterns of neighbouring and use of facilities, strong

    commonalities exist. From this analysis, conclusions are drawn about the links between built form

    and processes of social distinction as well as their implications for urban planning.

UOW Authors


  •   Dowling, Robyn (external author)
  •   Atkinson, Rowland (external author)
  •   McGuirk, Pauline

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Dowling, R., Atkinson, R. & McGuirk, P. (2010). Privatism, privatisation and social distinction in master-planned residential estates. Urban Policy and Research, 28 (4), 391-410.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-79959707639

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2240

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 391

End Page


  • 410

Volume


  • 28

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • In Australia, master-planned residential estates (MPREs) are often discussed within an

    internationalised academic discourse around the privatisation and fortification of residential

    environments. Yet we know very little about the lifestyles, community forms and ways of living in

    MPREs. We report on the results of an extensive survey across the Sydney metropolitan area that

    investigated in detail the attractions of master-planned estate living, the socio-demographic

    composition of these neighbourhoods and patterns of social interaction within them. These data are

    analysed in terms of a typology of MPRE that encompasses a spectrum of privatism and

    securitisation: what we see as their open, symbolically enclosed and gated forms. We find that whilst

    these estates differ along dimensions such as patterns of neighbouring and use of facilities, strong

    commonalities exist. From this analysis, conclusions are drawn about the links between built form

    and processes of social distinction as well as their implications for urban planning.

UOW Authors


  •   Dowling, Robyn (external author)
  •   Atkinson, Rowland (external author)
  •   McGuirk, Pauline

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Dowling, R., Atkinson, R. & McGuirk, P. (2010). Privatism, privatisation and social distinction in master-planned residential estates. Urban Policy and Research, 28 (4), 391-410.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-79959707639

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2240

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 391

End Page


  • 410

Volume


  • 28

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • Australia