JOURNAL BROWSE
Search
Advanced SearchSearch Tips
Public Housing and Social Capital in Australia
facebook(new window)  Pirnt(new window) E-mail(new window) Excel Download
 Title & Authors
Public Housing and Social Capital in Australia
Donoghue, Jed; Tranter, Bruce;
  PDF(new window)
 Abstract
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 less trusting and 'happy' than private renters or homeowners, and exhibit less confidence in some institutions such as the Australian parliament, universities and the ABC (the Australian public television broadcaster). These results probably reflect the residualised nature of public housing in Australia and indicate that public tenants are likely to be 'alienated' from certain aspects of mainstream culture. However, public tenants have higher levels of confidence than homeowners in the Australian defence forces and trade unions. So public housing may 'shore up' confidence and social capital in some areas, and levels of trust would be lower if public housing was not available to disadvantaged citizens.
 Keywords
Public Housing;Social Capital;Australia;
 Language
English
 Cited by
 References
1.
Agresti, A. and B. Finlay (1997), Statistical methods for the social sciences (3rd ed.), Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

2.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) (2010), A profile of social housing in Australia, Cat. no. HOU 232, Canberra: AIHW.

3.
Atkinson, R. and K. Jacobs (2008), Public housing in Australia: Stigma, home and opportunity, Housing and Urban Research Unit, Hobart: University of Tasmania.

4.
Bourdieu, P. (1986), "The forms of capital", In John G Richardson (Ed.), Handbook of theory and research for the sociology of education, New York: Greenwood Press.

5.
Burstrom, B. and P. Fredlund (2001), "Self-rated health: is it a good predictor of subsequent mortality among adults in lower as well as in higher social classes?", Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health,55(11): 836-840. crossref(new window)

6.
de Vaus, D. (2002), Surveys in social research (5th ed.), Crows Nest, New South Wales: Allen and Unwin.

7.
Flint, J. and A. Kearns (2006), "Housing, neighbourhood renewal and social capital: The case of registered social landlords in Scotland", European Journal of Housing Policy, 6(1): 31-54. crossref(new window)

8.
Fukuyama, F. (1995), Trust: social virtues and the creation of prosperity, New York: Free Press.

9.
Furedi, F. (2005), Culture of fear: Risk-taking and the morality of low expectation, London and New York: Continuum.

10.
Gibson, R., S. Wilson, D. Denemark, G. Meagher and M. Western (2004), The Australian survey of social attitudes, 2003, Canberra: Australian National University.

11.
Giddens, A. (2000), "Can we trust?", In D. Gambetta (Ed), Trust: making and breaking cooperative relations, Oxford, UK: Department of Sociology, Oxford University.

12.
Goot, M. (2002), "Distrustful, disenchanted and disengaged? Public opinion on politics, politicians and the parties: An Historical Perspective", In D. Burchell & A. Leigh (Eds.), The prince's new clothes, Sydney: UNSW Press.

13.
Job, J. (2005), "How is trust in government created? It begins at home, but ends in the parliament", Australian Review of Public Affairs, 6(1): 1-23.

14.
Jones, A., R. Phillips and V. Milligan (2007), Integration and social housing in Australia: challenges and options, Queensland Research Centre, AHURI Positioning Paper No. 102.

15.
Kearns, A. and M. Parkinson (2001), "The significance of neighbourhood", Urban Studies, 38(12): 2103-2110. crossref(new window)

16.
Long, J. (1997), Regression models for categorical and limited dependent variables, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

17.
Putnam, R. (1995), "Tuning in, Tuning out: the strange disappearance of social capital in America", Political Science and Politics, 28(4): 664-683. crossref(new window)

18.
Putnam, R. (2000), Bowling alone, New York: Simon and Shuster.

19.
Skocpol, T. (2003), Diminished democracy. From membership to management in American civic life, Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press.

20.
Tranter, B. And Z. Skrbis (2009), "Interpersonal trust, institutional trust and confidence in significant others among young Queenslanders", Australian Journal of Political Science, 44(4): 659-678. crossref(new window)

21.
Tranter, B. (2007), "Political knowledge and its partisan consequences", Australian Journal of Political Science, 42(1): 73-88. crossref(new window)

22.
Troy, P. (2000), "Suburbs of acquiescence, suburbs of protest", Housing Studies, 15: 717-738. crossref(new window)

23.
Watt, P. (2006), "Respectability, roughness and 'race': neighbourhood place images and the making of working-class social distinctions in London", International Journal of Urban & Regional Research, 30(4): 776-797. crossref(new window)

24.
Wood, M. (2002), "Resident participation, social cohesion and sustainability in community renewal", Paper presented at the Housing, crime and stronger communities conference Sheffield, Urban Frontiers Program: University of Western Sydney.