The Contemporary City

Power, Glamour and Angst

Inside Australia's Elite Neighbourhoods

Authors: Wiesel, Ilan

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  • Taps into the public fascination with wealth and power, offering an intimate peek into the inner-circles of Australian high-society
  • Addresses an empirical and conceptual blind spot in the way we think about and understand cities
  • Strong multi-site neighbourhood-level empirical basis sets this work aside from exisiting scholarship in this area
  • Offers in-depth comprehensive analysis of specific case studies
  • Written in an accessible and engaging style which will appeal to scholars, student and the general public alike
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Power, Glamour and Angst is about the social and cultural life of three Australian neighbourhoods – Toorak (Melbourne), Mosman (Sydney) and Cottesloe (Perth) - which are home to some of the nation’s wealthiest and most powerful citizens. The book explores how living in these neighbourhoods shapes the lifestyles, social networks and status of Australia’s elites. The book explores the everyday rituals through which residents produce their neighbourhood's status. It maps residents’ social networks and exposes the local institutions – including schools and sports or social clubs – in which access to such high-powered networks is granted or withheld. Power, Glamour and Angst examines how the collective social and cultural capitals of elite neighbourhoods are mobilised towards varied objectives, from initiation of business connections and opportunities, through to opposition against unwanted development or traffic, both sources of ongoing angst. Deeply conservative and resistant to change at their core, despite their wealth and power these communities have not always been successful in fully repressing external pressures. In the 21st century Australian city, even elite neighbourhoods must learn to adapt to population growth, urban densification and increased cultural diversity.

About the authors

Dr Ilan Wiesel is a lecturer in urban geography at the School of Geography, University of Melbourne, Australia. Previously he worked as a senior research fellow at the City Futures Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia (2009-2016). Ilan's research interest is in social diversity and inequality in cities, with a particular focus on the role of housing and neighbourhood dynamics in the production of social privilege and disadvantage, and in 2014 he was awarded an ARC DECRA fellowship to study the initiation, preservation and mobilisation of privilege in elite neighbourhoods. Ilan publishes regularly in leading international journals in the fields of housing and urban studies.

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“This is a well-researched, very well written and insightful book. The data is unique and will be of very high value to the urban studies community.” (Dallas Rogers, University of Sydney, Australia)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Power, Glamour and Angst
Book Subtitle
Inside Australia's Elite Neighbourhoods
Authors
Series Title
The Contemporary City
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-1367-7
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-1367-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-1366-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 202
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations
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