chapter  2
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'The stigma that goes with living here': social-spatial vulnerability in poor neighbourhoods

People like us Historical accounts of Melbourne's suburbs, such as Janet McCalman's (1984) study of Edwardian Richmond, an inner urban suburb of Melbourne, show that although class distinctions were evident in different streets and locales within neighbourhoods, they nonetheless remained largely bounded within local districts (or rural townships) (see also Dempsey 1990; Wild 1974). These days, the metropolis is more likely to resemble a mosaic of advantage and disadvantage, with constellations of poor, not-poor and wealthy neighbourhoods. In Australia, the work of social geographers confirms the ways in which neighbourhoods are separating out along social and economic lines (Baum et al. 2005). Economic restructuring has created new forms of work and employment and these are closely linked to the distribution of opportunity and vulnerability in Australian suburbs.