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Questioning the need for social mix - the implications of friendship diversity amongst Australian social housing tenants

Journal Article


Abstract


  • A common argument is that ‘social mix’—or a high ratio of homeowners and private

    renters to social housing tenants within the same neighbourhood—reduces disadvantage

    by eroding homogeneous ‘bonded’ social networks amongst the latter.

    However, associations between network homogeneity and support in social housing

    have not been analysed using national survey data. This article examines age, ethnic

    and educational homogeneity/heterogeneity and informal support using the 2006

    Australian General Social Survey. Counter to expectations, social housing tenants

    have more heterogeneous friendship groups by all measures, regardless of respondents’

    age, ethnicity or education. In addition, friendship heterogeneity is associated

    with more informal support in social housing, but less support in private housing.

    This raises concerns over the efficacy of ‘socially mixing’ already heterogeneous

    social housing communities and suggests that resistance to social mix is likely to

    stem from the attitudes of homeowners and private renters towards social tenants

    rather than the reverse.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Patulny, R. & Morris, A. 2012, 'Questioning the need for social mix - the implications of friendship diversity amongst Australian social housing tenants', Urban Studies: an international journal for research in urban studies, vol. 49, no. 15, pp. 3365-3384.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84867674832

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/107

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 3365

End Page


  • 3384

Volume


  • 49

Issue


  • 15

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • A common argument is that ‘social mix’—or a high ratio of homeowners and private

    renters to social housing tenants within the same neighbourhood—reduces disadvantage

    by eroding homogeneous ‘bonded’ social networks amongst the latter.

    However, associations between network homogeneity and support in social housing

    have not been analysed using national survey data. This article examines age, ethnic

    and educational homogeneity/heterogeneity and informal support using the 2006

    Australian General Social Survey. Counter to expectations, social housing tenants

    have more heterogeneous friendship groups by all measures, regardless of respondents’

    age, ethnicity or education. In addition, friendship heterogeneity is associated

    with more informal support in social housing, but less support in private housing.

    This raises concerns over the efficacy of ‘socially mixing’ already heterogeneous

    social housing communities and suggests that resistance to social mix is likely to

    stem from the attitudes of homeowners and private renters towards social tenants

    rather than the reverse.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Patulny, R. & Morris, A. 2012, 'Questioning the need for social mix - the implications of friendship diversity amongst Australian social housing tenants', Urban Studies: an international journal for research in urban studies, vol. 49, no. 15, pp. 3365-3384.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84867674832

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/107

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 3365

End Page


  • 3384

Volume


  • 49

Issue


  • 15

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom