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The place of neighbourhood in social cohesion: insights from massey, West Auckland

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Within public health discourse there is growing recognition that the social structures and ecology of neighbourhoods impact on health and wellbeing. A clearer understanding of the pathways through which this influence occurs will inform locality-based interventions to tackle inequalities. In this paper we report on an interview based study with parents of young children living in Massey, a suburban neighbourhood of metropolitan Auckland. Locational access to community resources is comparatively poor in Massey as measured by a community resource accessibility index. The findings provide insights into the impact of such access to services and amenities on neighbourhood social cohesion. We conclude by suggesting planning strategies for strengthening neighbourhood identification and attachment for this population group.

Keywords: Social cohesion; community attachment; neighbourhood accessability

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0811114032000147386

Affiliations: SHORE, Centre for Social and Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Massey University, Auckland. k.witten@massey.ac.nz School of Geography & Environmental Science, University of Auckland, Auckland

Publication date: December 1, 2003

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