The "community question" in urban resettlement housing districts, A case study in Shanghai, China

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Abstract

Since the market-oriented economic reform, Chinese cities have experienced rapid urban growth. Along with the urban expansion, many rural villages are encroached for urban development and massive farmers are relocated in urban resettlement housing districts. However, different from that in Western countries, because of the dualistic urban-urban structure in transitional China, this rural-to-urban transition process caused by urban expansion involves in the transformation not only in physical form and land-use structure, but also in the social, economic, cultural and organizational facets. Based on this unique characteristic, this paper put forward a new research framework to examine the ?community question? in transitional China and applied it in the case of urban resettlement housing districts in Shanghai. It argued that, apart from the quantitative change, social-spatial transformation during the rural-to-urban transition process has also changed the form and nature of personal social ties among the resettled farmers. Besides, it has found that the spatial boundary among people from different villages in urban resettlement housing districts do not exit, but the social boundary may appear in some occasions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCRIOCM 2010 - International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate "Towards Sustainable Development of International Metropolis"
PublisherChinese Research Institute of Construction Management
Pages225-233
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
Event15th Annual Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate: Towards Sustainable Development of International Metropolis, CRIOCM 2010 - Thistle Hotel, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Duration: 6 Aug 20107 Aug 2010

Conference

Conference15th Annual Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate: Towards Sustainable Development of International Metropolis, CRIOCM 2010
Country/TerritoryMalaysia
CityJohor Bahru
Period6/08/107/08/10

Keywords

  • Social networks
  • Urban resettlement housing district
  • Urbanization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture
  • Strategy and Management
  • Business and International Management
  • Urban Studies

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