Using spatial statistics to identify and characterise ethnoburbs: Establishing a methodology using the example of Auckland, New Zealand

Ron Johnston*, Michael Poulsen, James Forrest

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Recent studies in the United States and other Pacific Rim countries have identified a new form of ethnic minority group clustering within the residential mosaic-ethnoburbs. These are suburban in location, occupied by relatively high-income, predominantly Asian, immigrants, and low density in their nature: many migrants move directly to those suburbs rather than the inter-generational outward migration from central city clusters typical of other migrant streams. Although ethnoburb residents tend to cluster in particular segments of the built-up area they do not to form large percentages of the population there. As yet, no methodology has been developed to identify these clusters, as a prelude to identifying their characteristics. This paper offers such a procedure, based on local statistical analysis. It is applied to six Asian groups in Auckland, New Zealand.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-467
Number of pages21
JournalGeoJournal
Volume76
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

Keywords

  • Asians
  • Auckland
  • Ethnic segregation
  • Ethnoburbs

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