Changing everyday life in the pockets of home and community from work-unit compound to market-oriented housing community in transitional urban China: A case study of Beijing

Authors: XUE ZHANG*, Peking University, Kajsa Ellegård, Linköping University, Yanwei Chai, Peking University, Yan Zhang, Beijing Union University
Topics: Behavioral Geography, China
Keywords: time-geography, pocket of local order,household,community,everyday life,China
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Bayside C, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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In the process of Chinese urban transition, the market-oriented reform has not only revitalized the economy but also brought deep influence on the daily life of the residents, including the job-housing relationship, household labor division and community participation, due to the disintegration of Danwei welfare system and the launched market-oriented housings. However, there are not many empirical studies that comprehensively assess the changes of residents’ daily life from residing in work-unit compound to market-oriented housing community, especially using qualitative research method. This paper aims to fill in this gap by contributing an empirical study in Beijing on the basis of activity diary data conducted in different communities and in-depth interview analysis of one family who used to live in a work-unit compounds and moved to a market-oriented housing community. We support our thesis with data from the population, household and individual levels. We take the home and community as two space-time pockets in residents’ life and investigate the space-time behavior character of the residents living in work-unit compounds and market-oriented housing communities in terms of elementary evens and activity sequence at population level. Then we describe the daily life of the typical case family before and after they moved in terms of different levels of projects and context on household and individual level. We find that the everyday life changes not only influnce the job-housing relationship of the residents, but also impact on household labor division, child care, leisure activities and community participation.

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