Changing Towns, Changing Culture

Examining Tree Changers' Perceptions of Community in Australian Country Towns and Places

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Abstract

In the past decade Australian country towns, founded on serving industry and agricultural production, have been thrust into the limelight by media, popular culture and property developers. The marketing of a country lifestyle to stressed urbanites, and government policy aimed at alleviating overcrowding in capital cities or bolstering fledging rural economies, have enticed some Australians to make a tree change. Tree change, or in-migration, is a complex issue shaped by socio-cultural factors that supersede economics. This chapter applies a sociological lens and uses qualitative interview data to examine tree changers' perceptions of and aspirations for community in Australia's country towns and rural places. Findings reveal demographic changes may produce new insights about the sustainability of country communities and environments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainability of Australia's Country Towns
Subtitle of host publicationRenewal, Renaissance, Resilience
EditorsJohn Martin, Trevor Budge
Place of PublicationBallarat Australia
PublisherVictorian Universities Regional Research Network Press
Chapter5
Pages81-104
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9781921915116
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Ragusa, A. (2011). Changing Towns, Changing Culture: Examining Tree Changers' Perceptions of Community in Australian Country Towns and Places. In J. Martin, & T. Budge (Eds.), Sustainability of Australia's Country Towns: Renewal, Renaissance, Resilience (pp. 81-104). Ballarat Australia: Victorian Universities Regional Research Network Press.
Ragusa, Angela. / Changing Towns, Changing Culture : Examining Tree Changers' Perceptions of Community in Australian Country Towns and Places. Sustainability of Australia's Country Towns: Renewal, Renaissance, Resilience. editor / John Martin ; Trevor Budge. Ballarat Australia : Victorian Universities Regional Research Network Press, 2011. pp. 81-104
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Ragusa A. Changing Towns, Changing Culture: Examining Tree Changers' Perceptions of Community in Australian Country Towns and Places. In Martin J, Budge T, editors, Sustainability of Australia's Country Towns: Renewal, Renaissance, Resilience. Ballarat Australia: Victorian Universities Regional Research Network Press. 2011. p. 81-104