What made villagers in Xiaojia giving up farming and became developers

Authors: Haoxuan Sa*, University of Helsinki
Topics: Land Use, China
Keywords: China, urban villages, land development
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Washington 4, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Since the Housing and Land Reform in the 1980s, China’s government controlled urban development has been replaced by property market led development. Urban villages have become an important platform where new type of developers has introduced new development methods. Previous studies on urban villages have focused on the types of land developed, the source of investment and the stakeholders and actors in urban villages. The question that is not yet asked is how Chinese peasants who used to work collectively in People’s communes, in a couple of years became real estate investors and developers. This article elucidates the question of ‘real estate mentality’, and as a case investigates land development in Xiaojia village in the past 30 years.

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