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Hobart's eastern beaches : a study of low income households in a semiurban area


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Bradshaw, M. B.(Matthew Boyd),1967- 1992 , 'Hobart's eastern beaches : a study of low income households in a semiurban area', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The focus in this study is the position of low income households in the Eastern
Beaches, a semiurban area east of Hobart, Tasmania. Influences upon the opportunity constraint
spectrum of low income households are considered in this study. Position
in the labour market, ideology, state policy, the operation of the land and housing
market and the established spatial configuration of the Greater Hobart area interrelate
at a particular point in time within the global capitalist system; the result is the
location of low income households in isolated and poorly serviced semiurban areas
such as the Eastern Beaches.
The locational disadvantage of low income households in semiurban areas is raised in
both urban research and public policy discussion. A common solution to locational
disadvantage put forward in these contexts is urban consolidation. Part of the reason
this study was undertaken was to investigate the degree to which understanding of
the disadvantaged position of low income households in semiurban areas requires, not
a consideration simply of location, but also of established structural relations and
inequities in conjunction with causal processes. If public authorities are seriously
committed to the principles of social justice and ecologically sustainable development
fundamental social structures and processes need to be tackled.
The approach used in this study is a realist perspective of Marxian theory set within a
broad political economy framework. A summary of a literature review and
assessment of contemporary urban issues is followed by the situating of this study
within the context of the global economy. This setting forms the basis for an
investigation of trends in housing accessibility and affordability in and around
Hobart, and for the interviewing of households in the Eastern Beaches to ascertain
their nature and views of their position and of local environmental issues.
In this study, the location of low income households in semiurban areas was found to
disadvantage further low income households, to strain already overstretched and
under-resourced state services, and to contribute further to finite fossil fuel depletion and
greenhouse gas emissions. The interaction of structure and agency in time and
space was found to be important in the location of low income households in the
Eastern Beaches. The ideological predispositions of individual households combine
with broad structural determinations at a particular time of global capital organisation
and state policy and in relation to a particular spatial configuration and operational
structure of the land and housing market, to produce a specific sociospatial outcome.
Understanding of the interaction of structure and agency in time and space to produce
particular sociospatial outcomes, as in the case of the Eastern Beaches, allows the
disadvantaged position of certain social groups to be better addressed.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Bradshaw, M. B.(Matthew Boyd),1967-
Keywords: Households
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Thesis (M.Env.St.)--University of Tasmania, 1994. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 307-320)

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