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Understanding different scales of social mixing

This project is primarily aimed at a data driven output, supplemented with a brief literature review, which will represent social mixing in Gauteng at different geographic scales. The project will collate various inputs and analyses from previous and current GCRO publications into one output and supplement these with selected in-depth case studies to illustrate the dimensions and implications of social mixing at different geographic scales.

The literature and previous outputs that inform this project highlight the importance of understanding different dimensions of segregation in our society as well as the value of understanding spatial patterns of social mixing at different geographic scales. Social mixing is not just about the spatial patterns of race in the city region, but also about patterns of income, class, language, age, family structures and other social traits in neighbourhoods.

The geographic scales at which the project will analyse social mixing will include provincial, municipal, ward-level, and neighbourhood scale. The neighbourhood scale will be used for the in-depth case studies. Each geographic scale that is considered has unique dynamics and barriers that shape residential segregation patterns and therefore provides valuable insights. This project takes a holistic view of social mixing and is focussed on our understanding of social mixing at different geographic scales.

Last updated: 10 December 2021.

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