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The Urban Push for Environmental Amenity: The Impact of Lifestyle Migration on Local Housing Markets and Communities


Osbaldiston, N and Picken, FE, The Urban Push for Environmental Amenity: The Impact of Lifestyle Migration on Local Housing Markets and Communities, Rural Lifestyles, Community Well-Being and Social Change, Bentham Science Publishers Ltd., A Ragusa (ed), Australia, pp. 45-106. ISBN 9781608058037 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.2174/97816080580201140101


Across the world the impact of lifestyle or amenity migration on small country and coastal townships has been a focal point for the social sciences. In this chapter, we examined coastal townships and regional places across the eastern coastline of Australia and the impact this migratory phenomenon has had on housing and development. Using statistical resources from a state government reporting authority, we analysed and tracked the changes in housing costs, both purchase and rental, since 2001. We also explored three different responses to development within towns that have grown significantly through this phenomenon which demonstrates that at times communities fight vehemently to protect their ‘sense of place’ through collective action. However, not all responses seek protection from lifestyle migrants and development. As this chapter shows, the division between those who have migrated to the place and local residents can sometimes spill over into public conflict over the destiny of the township. This is pointed directly at the notion to ‘protect from’ or ‘allow’ development to expand the boundaries of towns. From this perspective, the question of ‘authenticity’ that is embedded in different group perceptions becomes an ideal contest between groups and one that suggests that lifestyle migration is an inherently complex phenomenon.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:lifestyle migration, housing costs, urban-rural migration, cultural resistance, community
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Anthropology
Research Field:Social and cultural anthropology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Picken, FE (Dr Felicity Picken)
ID Code:88087
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-01-10
Last Modified:2017-10-16

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