The scale of segregation: ancestral groups in Sydney, 2011

Ron Johnston*, James Forrest, Kelvyn Jones, David Manley

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Most studies of urban residential segregation analyse it at a single-scale only, usually the smallest for which relevant census data are available. Following a recent argument that such segregation is multiscalar, this paper reports on multilevel modelling of the segregation of 42 ancestral groups in Sydney, Australia, looking at its intensity at four separate scales in which segregation at each scale is presented nett of its intensity at all higher-level scales. Most groups are more segregated at the macro- and micro-scales than at two intermediate meso-scales, with variations across them reflecting their size, recency of arrival in Australia and cultural differences from the host society. The findings are used as the basis for developing a multiscale appreciation of residential patterning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)985-1008
Number of pages24
JournalUrban Geography
Issue number7
Early online date16 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2016


  • ancestry groups
  • multilevel modelling
  • Segregation
  • Sydney


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