Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2015 Archive

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Gentrification, school choice and self-segregation in Sydney

23 March 2015

Gentrification is causing dramatic changes in urban communities across the world. This paper looks at some of the social consequences of gentrification in Sydney, Australia, focusing on local schools. It argues that the influx of middle-class Anglo-Australians into traditionally working-class, migrant-dominated areas significantly changes how people relate to each other within local schools, often fragmenting and dividing school communities.

These shifts are intensified by the policy of school choice, which has enabled some parents to bypass their local school for a more ‘desirable’ one. This talk will presents a close local study of two public schools within one gentrifying Sydney suburb, examining how the schools have become more polarised. Although they are only one kilometre apart, one school has become very wealthy and Anglo-Celtic, while the other remains more disadvantaged and ‘multicultural’. We analyse the implications of this for the schools themselves and the broader community.

Event details

  • When: 12.30–2pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing Dr Helen Proctor.

  • Contact: Dr Helen Proctor
    Co-convenor, School and Teacher Education Policy research network
    Sydney School of Education and Social Work
    T: +61 2 9036 5401 | E: helen.proctor@sydney.edu.au

  • Speaker: Dr Christina Ho is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney, where she researches migration and multiculturalism, focusing on urban areas in Australia. Her current research examines the cultural politics of the education and housing markets in Sydney.

Gentrification, school choice and self-segregation in Sydney

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

23 March 2015


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