Social integration of marriage migrant women in suburb of Guangzhou under rapid urbanization, China

Authors: Ling Ma*,
Topics: Social Geography, Cultural Geography, Urban Geography
Keywords: social integration; marriage migrant woman, Guangzhou suburb, urbanization, family happiness
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Zulu, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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With rapid economic development and urbanization in China in recent years, high living expenses, difficulties in employment, children education as well as other urbanization problems have driven migrant workers move to marginal and suburb areas of well-developed urban cities. Due to gradually liberal view of marriage and the increasing intermarriage among different regions within China, immigrant women have become an important part of the migrants flowing into the suburb of developed cities. Taking Xiaolong village of Guangzhou suburb as a case study place and adopting qualitative in-depth interview and fieldwork, the article investigates the motivation why women from other places immigrant to the area through marriage and how they integrate into the local community and society. The research intends to unfold their social integration from variety aspects, such as job opportunity, job satisfaction, understanding and adaptation of local culture and living environment, political participation and sense of self-identification. The previous research within China mainly focus on the migrant flow from rural areas to urban ones, rather there is few investigating the migrant flow from rural areas to rural areas(suburb), moreover, there is lack of literature in marriage women migration and their social integration. The research shows the different facets of their integration and found that the sense of family happiness is one of the crucial factors impacting their social integration.

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