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Challenging the stigma of public housing: preliminary findings from a qualitative study in South Australia


Palmer, C and Ziersch, A and Arthurson, K and Baum, F, Challenging the stigma of public housing: preliminary findings from a qualitative study in South Australia, Urban Policy and Research: An Australian and New Zealand Guide to Urban Affairs, 22, (4) pp. 411-426. ISSN 0811-1146 (2004) [Refereed Article]


Many poor suburbs in Australia with higher than average numbers of public housing tenants do not simply suffer material disadvantage but also suffer from poor reputations that are reinforced though stigmatising assumptions that portray their residents negatively. Preliminary findings from qualitative research undertaken in Adelaide, South Australia paint a somewhat different picture of some residents in public housing which counters such stereotypes and assumptions and suggests that the picture is not as bleak as the stigmatised accounts suggest. This article examines the ways in which residents in stigmatised suburbs and housing actively resist and challenge the negative image ascribed to them and concludes by considering the public policy implications that come from the research.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, housing, public housing, public policy, social conditions, social housing, social isolation, social marginality, social policy, social welfare policy, South Australia, stigma, suburbs
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban sociology and community studies
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Palmer, C (Professor Catherine Palmer)
ID Code:91920
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-06-03
Last Modified:2014-06-03

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