Coordinating community organizations in urban China

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Since its introduction in the 1980s, China's housing privatization reform has gradually transformed urban residents into private homeowners, and reinforced disparities in housing allocation and living conditions. Various studies have analyzed the mobilization of private homeowners in newly built, upscale apartment complexes. Using data from field observations and in-depth interviews conducted in five low-income, urban neighborhoods in Beijing in 1999-2000, this article investigates the shifts in the organizational and power structure in older, working-class communities. The article describes the changing status of traditional and newly developed organizations and agencies within these neighborhoods, and analyzes the underlying reasons for the displacements and conflicts they experienced. Drawing on the author's subsequent fieldwork with community organizations in the USA in 2001-2002, the article suggests means of coordinating community organizations in low-income, urban neighborhoods in China, and discusses the opportunities and challenges for the social work profession in its attempts to deliver social services and advocate social justice. Journal compilation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-394
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Social Welfare
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2009


  • China
  • Community organizations
  • Social work
  • Urban
  • USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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