This half unit employs the theory of Pierre Bourdieu to challenge market-based explanations of how places (and opportunity) are shaped. With a focus on housing and neighbourhood we look at how class and culture impact an individual's ability to link place and opportunity.

 indicative questions that we will address, and which are of significance for policy makers, include;

-is gentrification better understood as driven by economic or cultural factors?

-are Anglo-American suburbs the result of economic or cultural factors?

-why do policy makers seek to achieve mixed communities? And to what effect?

-should people move to areas of opportunity and why don’t they?

-how do rural second home-owners impact host communities?