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Sun, surf and scrub: dimensions of social disadvantage in communities in the Northern Rivers region of NSW
Australasian Journal of Business and Social Inquiry
  • Stewart Hase, Southern Cross University
  • Renata Phelps, Southern Cross University
  • Helen Saenger, Southern Cross University
  • Jill Gordon-Thomson, Givewell, Evans Head
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Article
Publication Date
1-1-2004
Peer Reviewed
Peer-Reviewed
Abstract
This study describes an investigation of social capital and social disadvantage in five communities on the north coast of New South Wales. Using a qualitative approach based on grounded theory enables our understanding of these phenomena to go beyond statistics and tap the rich sources of data to be found in community members and community workers. A perception is described of growing disadvantage and neglect at a governmental level fuelled by the rise of neo-liberalism and a growing imbalance between the market, government and community. Against this ‘big picture socio-economic causation, a number of key community problems and potential solutions are also discussed.
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Post-print of: Hase, S, Phelps, R, Saenger, H & Gordon-Thompson, J 2004, 'Sun, surf and scrub: social disadvantage in communities in the Northern Rivers region of NSW', The Australasian Journal of Business and Social Inquiry, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 1-15.

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http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/37232/20041027-0000/www.scu.edu.au/schools/socialsciences/ajbsi/archive.html#v2n1