Growing Pains: Adolescent Urbanism on the Gold Coast

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Title Growing Pains: Adolescent Urbanism on the Gold Coast
Author Burton, Paul Andrew
Publication Title Proceedings of the 4th National Conference on the State of Australian Cities
Editor Paul Maginn and F. Haslam-Mackenzie
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Perth
Publisher Australian Cities and Regions Research Network
Abstract This paper sets out to better understand the particular nature of urbanisation on the Gold Coast in South East Queensland and of urbanism in general. In developing this understanding it draws on the conception of adolescence as a stage in the physiological and psychosocial development of children into adults. The characteristics of adolescence including rapid growth; identity confusion; developing sexuality; growing analytical capacity and egocentrism are used in the analysis of Gold Coast urbanisation. As a young Australian city the Gold Coast displays many of these adolescent characteristics in the way it has grown and is now managed and led. The paper concludes by proposing a more ambitious and comparative research agenda for analysing similar cities in Europe, North and Central America and extending our understanding of more general processes of urbanisation.
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Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2009. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. For information about this conference please refer to the conference’s website or contact the authors.
ISBN 1-86308-156-9
Conference name 4th National Conference on the State of Australian Cities
Location Perth
Date From 2009-11-24
Date To 2009-11-27
Date Accessioned 2010-04-09
Language en_US
Research Centre Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Urban and Regional Planning
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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