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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Geography

Title

Becoming homeowners: The emergence and use of online neighborhood forums in transitional urban China

Language

English

Abstract

This study investigates the interaction between the homeowners of commodity housing and the Internet in transitional urban China. It examines how the homeowners make use the Internet and weave it into their everyday life in the commodity housing estates to improve their positions in both home purchase and neighborhood management. The study analyzes the emergence and use of online neighborhood forums with a special reference to Guangzhou. It argues that the neighborhood forums provide a platform within which information exchange, organization of collective actions, social interactions, and community building take place simultaneously. In the course of both online and offline interactions, users have adopted four kinds of strategies of mobilizing and organizing: common grievances, common threats, common amenities, and common attributes. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Keywords

Communities, Homeowners, Housing reform, Internet, Online neighborhood forums, Urban China

Publication Date

2013

Source Publication Title

Habitat International

Volume

38

Start Page

232

End Page

239

Publisher

Elsevier

ISSN (print)

01973975

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