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Social network change in different impacted residents’ group by urban renewal in China: Evidence from Chongqing

Authors: Tongyun Du*, , Christian christian fertner, supervisor
Topics: China, Quantitative Methods, Cultural Geography
Keywords: Social network, urban renewal, forced relocation,inter-group neighboring, Chongqing
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2020
Start / End Time: 10:15 AM / 11:30 AM
Room: Virtual Track 2
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Urban renewal in China often involves massive scale demolition of built-up areas. Inhabitants are often subjects to forced eviction and involuntary resettlement, which can lead to the dissolution of their social life with comprehensive social impact as a result. Many studies have addressed this issue through qualitative and quantitative methods. Studies on different residential groups being affected by urban renewal are lacking. This paper reports a study on different social groups experience of urban renewal. The study is based on comparison of 1084 respondents’ evaluations of their changing social network, after urban renewal projects in Chongqing, China. The study shows that after urban renewal, residents’ social circle expanded slightly and the frequency of communication with neighbours improved. This differs from previous results, which is explained by the development of the urban renewal processes of today as compared to earlier. The social groups showed significant differences in three parameters. Residents who always stay in the urban renewal area (M=4.50, SD=1.64) experienced significantly less change in their social circles than residents who stay around one of the urban renewal areas (M=4.90, SD=1.43). Residents who stay around one of the urban renewal areas (M=3.34, SD=1.61) had a significantly higher frequency of visiting each other than residents who used to live in one of the urban renewal areas (M=2.96, SD=1.58).

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