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Social capital and public housing in Australia


Donoghue, J and Tranter, B, Social capital and public housing in Australia, Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Housing Welfare and Public Policy, 16-18 September, Seoul, Republic of Korea, pp. 61-69. ISBN 978-89-964811-4-0 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper addresses the relationship between public housing tenure and social disadvantage; the research examines social capital levels among public tenants in Australia, concentrating on their level of interpersonal trust and confidence in a range of public institutions. Through multivariate analyses of national survey data it also profiles the social and political background of public housing tenants.

Although public housing tenants have access to secure and affordable housing, they appear to be generally less trusting than private renters or homeowners and exhibit less confidence in some government institutions such as the Australian parliament. Public housing tenants express lower levels of interpersonal trust even controlling for a range of social background factors, suggesting that as a form of tenure, public housing in some ways may exacerbate the disadvantage of tenants.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:public housing, social capital, Australia
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban sociology and community studies
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Social class and inequalities
UTAS Author:Donoghue, J (Dr Jed Donoghue)
UTAS Author:Tranter, B (Professor Bruce Tranter)
ID Code:79407
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2012-09-11
Last Modified:2013-05-08
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