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Family Matters No. 47 - June 1997

Social polarisation in a suburban community?

An Australian Newtown revisited
Ian Winter and Lois Bryson

Abstract

Newtown (a pseudonym) is a housing development built by the Victorian Housing Commission during the 1950s and 1960s as part of its public housing. In this fourth and final article from the Newtown Revisited Project, the authors consider some of the study's key findings in light of contemporary analyses that point to processes of polarisation in Australian society. They look at evidence of polarisation in terms of occupational polarisation, income polarisation and the impact of polarisation on family life.

Newtown (a pseudonym) is a housing development built by the Victorian Housing Commission during the 1950s and 1960s as part of its public housing. In this fourth and final article from the Newtown Revisited Project, the authors consider some of the study's key findings in light of contemporary analyses that point to processes of polarisation in Australian society. They look at evidence of polarisation in terms of occupational polarisation, income polarisation and the impact of polarisation on family life.

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