Social interaction and sense of community in a master planned community

Rosenblatt, Ted, Cheshire, Lynda and Lawrence, Geoffrey (2009) Social interaction and sense of community in a master planned community. Housing Theory and Society, 26 2: 122-142. doi:10.1080/14036090701862484

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Author Rosenblatt, Ted
Cheshire, Lynda
Lawrence, Geoffrey
Title Social interaction and sense of community in a master planned community
Journal name Housing Theory and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1403-6096
Publication date 2009-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14036090701862484
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 26
Issue 2
Start page 122
End page 142
Total pages 21
Editor Jim Kemeny
Place of publication Sweden
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Language eng
Subject C1
120501 Community Planning
160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
870105 Urban Planning
Abstract Master planned communities are becoming the dominant form of new large-scale housing development in Australia. A characteristic of these developments is the focus on community as a major promotional feature. This resonates well with buyers in a climate in which community (and social capital) has become a catch-cry of governments and the private sector for a whole range of benefits. However, the case-study master planned community considered in this research has been the focus of considerable effort by the developer to facilitate community processes beyond the political or marketing level. The research reported in this paper looks at the outcomes of these efforts and shows that while high levels of attachment to place and sense of community are reported by residents, actual social interaction within the master planned community is not generally extensive. While these findings can be seen as being in accord with current notions of changing community form, they have significant implications for developers wishing to facilitate community development in terms of increased social interaction.
Keyword Master Planned Communities
Social interaction
Sense of community
Attachment to place
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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