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Master planned and active lifestyles developments in Australia: gerotopian dream or dystopian nightmare?

Bosman, C and Jacobs, K ORCID: 0000-0002-1377-0069 2022 , 'Master planned and active lifestyles developments in Australia: gerotopian dream or dystopian nightmare?', in PJ Maginn and KB Anacker (eds.), Suburbia in the 21st Century: From Dreamscape to Nightmare? , Routledge, London, UK, pp. 40-55.

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Abstract

In Australia, Master Planned Communities (MPCs) and Active Lifestyle Developments (ALDs) have often been promoted as the pinnacle of the ‘great Australian dream’ of homeownership. This chapter explores the seductiveness of these two forms of ‘suburban ways of living’. Drawing on Foucauldian notions of governmentality and psychoanalytical understandings of identity, this chapter adopts a critical stance on how both political actors and developers have appropriated homeownership and packaged MPCS and ALDs as suburban idylls in an effort to assuage the concerns of the elderly. This is explored by an analysis of two Australian case studies located in Adelaide (South Australia) and Brisbane (Queensland).

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Bosman, C and Jacobs, K
Keywords: housing, older Australians, master planned communities
Publisher: Routledge
DOI / ID Number: 10.4324/9781315644165
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