Where is the ‘social’ in constructions of ‘liveability’? exploring community, social interaction and social cohesion in changing urban environments

Kathleen Lloyd, Simone Fullagar, Sacha Reid

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Abstract

Ongoing changes in the urban environment have renewed interest in the transformation of cities and suburbs as liveable places. This article examines the limitations inherent in a functional (objective) notion of liveability that commonly underpins government policy directions. Through an examination of key debates in the literature we consider how the delivery of the social (subjective) dimension of liveability, linked to community, social interaction and social cohesion, poses unique challenges for policy makers, urban planners and developers. We argue for a deeper understanding of the social constructs of liveability that acknowledges the complexity of changing urban environments in contemporary society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-355
JournalUrban Policy and Research
Volume34
Issue number4
Early online date2 Feb 2016
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Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Where is the ‘social’ in constructions of ‘liveability’? exploring community, social interaction and social cohesion in changing urban environments. / Lloyd, Kathleen; Fullagar, Simone; Reid, Sacha .

In: Urban Policy and Research, Vol. 34, No. 4, 2016, p. 343-355.

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