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Residential Mobility and Urban Restructuring under Market Transition: A Study of Guangzhou, China

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Residential mobility can be conceptualized as an outcome of a choice process exercised under complex institutional and personal constraints. China's rather unique pattern of housing market segmentation under market transition impinges directly on residential location and relocation. Drawing upon data from a sample survey, this paper analyzes the pattern of residential moves resulting from commodity housing construction in a major Chinese city, Guangzhou. Most moves are of short distance, although the general direction is towards the urban periphery. Danweis and the municipal housing bureau, rather than the market per se, are the primary driving forces behind suburbanization in China today.

Keywords: Guangzhou; danwei; housing bureau; housing market segmentation; residential mobility

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Hong Kong Baptist University

Publication date: May 1, 2001


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