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Rethinking Urban Incivility Research: Strangers, Bodies and Circulations


Phillips, T and Smith, P, Rethinking Urban Incivility Research: Strangers, Bodies and Circulations, Urban Studies: An International Journal for Research in Urban and Regional Studies, 43, (5/6) pp. 879-901. ISSN 0042-0980 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/00420980600676196


Research on urban incivility has made progress but has limited scope thanks to a stereotyped and policy-relevant focus on problem neighbourhoods and urban renewal. It also lacks benchmark comparative data, has almost nothing to say about interpersonal incivility and is experiencing diminishing returns to effort. A new agenda is proposed that explores everyday life incivility as this is experienced over the broader population in the course of daily routine. The Everyday Life Incivility in Australia Survey is introduced. This was a random national sample survey collecting systematic narrative information on interpersonal encounters involving a rude stranger. Findings from the study are reported here, documenting the range of low-level incivilities experienced in daily life and outlining some of their properties. The results challenge received wisdom about the corrosive effects of urban incivility on society.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Urban geography
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Communication not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Phillips, T (Dr Timothy Phillips)
ID Code:58810
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:40
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2009-10-29
Last Modified:2010-04-22

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