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Neighbourhood life, social capital and perceptions of safety in an Australian city


Ziersch, A and Putland, C and Palmer, C and MacDougall, C and Baum, F, Neighbourhood life, social capital and perceptions of safety in an Australian city, Australian Journal of Social Issues, 42, (4) pp. 549-562. ISSN 0157-6321 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1002/j.1839-4655.2007.tb00077.x


In this paper we report on a South Australian study of perceptions of safety and aspects of neighbourhood life including social capital which involved the analysis of 2400 self-completed questionnaires. A path analysis found that perceptions of safety were directly associated with gender, age, perceptions of neighbourhood pollution and neighbourhood trust, and indirectly associated with age, neighbourhood pollution and neighbourhood connections. We conclude with a discussion of the implications of the findings for public policy.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:safety, social capital, neighbourhood, path analysis
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
UTAS Author:Palmer, C (Professor Catherine Palmer)
ID Code:91910
Year Published:2014 (online first 2007)
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-06-03
Last Modified:2014-06-03

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