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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Geography

Title

Work, home, and market: The social transformation of housing space in Guangzhou, China

Language

English

Abstract

Principal components analysis of small-area data provided by China's 2000 Population Census shows that major new economic and social forces largely shape the spatial composition of housing in Guangzhou. This is generally manifested in a series of concentric rings: the old urban core, the middle zone of reform housing, and the outer ring of new commodity housing. In addition, urban villages punctuate the metropolitan landscape. Corresponding analysis of sociodemographic attributes depict a metropolis in transition, with market elements and choice-based housing decisions beginning to impinge on the urban fabric. However, the deeply entrenched socialist institutions established during the early years of the People's Republic ensure the continuing dominance of the workplace and occupational attributes as factors structuring China's metropolitan space.

Keywords

Guangzhou, Housing space, Principal components analysis, Social transformation, Urban landscape

Publication Date

2010

Source Publication Title

Urban Geography

Volume

31

Issue

4

Start Page

434

End Page

452

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

ISSN (print)

02723638

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