The middle classes and the gentrification of inner Brisbane

Takeifanga, Toa K (1996). The middle classes and the gentrification of inner Brisbane Master's Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Takeifanga, Toa K
Thesis Title The middle classes and the gentrification of inner Brisbane
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1996
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Supervisor Patrick Mullins
Total pages 105
Collection year 1996
Language eng
Subjects 1608 Sociology
Formatted abstract

There are six major issues that arise from Butler and Hamnett's (1994) analysis of gentrification in London which are considered to be the indices of gentrification: (1) the presence of a particular group of middle class workers, particularly those who work in professional and administrative occupations in inner city locations; (2) these middle class workers are highly educated; (3) they are more likely to have academic credentials or qualifications in the fields of the arts, humanities, and social sciences than in science and technology, business and accounting, and law; (4) gender is a significant issue in gentrification, with a strong presence of middle class women, particularly those who work in professional and administrative occupations; (5) the marked presence of dual-income families; and (6) the consumption of gentrified owner occupied housing by the middle classes. This thesis examines these six issues in relation to the 17 inner suburbs of Brisbane City for the late 1980s and early 1990s. The data on inner Brisbane in 1991 show that gentrification occurs in certain suburbs in inner Brisbane rather than in all suburbs, with the marked presence of the expert middle classes, particularly those who work in professional, and managerial and administrative occupations. The data on inner Brisbane also show that there are strong correlations between those inner suburbs considered as gentrified (i.e. marked by the strong presence of professionals, and managers and administrators) and the suburbs marked by the strong presence of highly educated people; those qualified in the arts, humanities, and social sciences; and female experts, i.e. professionals, and managers and administrators; but only weakly correlated with suburbs marked by strong presence of dual-income families, and there is no correlation with suburbs having high levels of home-ownership. Thus, the first four issues considered as indices of gentrification by Butler and Hamnett are shown in the inner suburbs of Brisbane classified as gentrified but not dual-income families, and the high level of owner occupied housing consumption. The marked presence and growth of the expert middle classes, particularly professionals, and managers and administrators in inner Brisbane, are arguably due to consumption opportunities available within or near their place of residence. 

Keyword Middle class -- Queensland -- Brisbane
Gentrification -- Queensland -- Brisbane

Document type: Thesis
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