The Construction of Community Trust in the Renewal of Historical and Cultural Blocks——A Case Study of Beijing Shijia Hutong

Authors: Chuanmeng Yu*, , Ning Qiu, Tianjin University, Tianjie Zhang, Tianjin University
Topics: Social Geography, China, Tourism Geography
Keywords: community trust, historical and cultural blocks, community governance, protection and renewal
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual 35
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Historical and cultural blocks are often not only cultural heritage protection areas, but also tourist attractions and residential communities. Due to the market mechanism, multi-party social forces and complex distribution of benefits, historical and cultural blocks have become a more complex social network relationship, which leads to insufficient trust from many parties in the process of protection and renewal. Facing the contradictions of multiple stakeholders and the low participation of residents, building trust is an important means to eliminate social resistance and enhance cohesion and execution. However, existing studies lack the influence mechanism of community trust. This study explored the influencing factors of community trust and the interaction mechanism of each factor. This result can enrich the theoretical cognition of trust at the level of community governance and provide guidance for the renewal of historical and cultural blocks.
The author collected 160 questionnaire data from Beijing Shijia community through a sample survey, and used structural equation modeling (SEM) to construct a conceptual framework of community trust to analyze its influencing factors and mechanism for the renewal of historical and cultural blocks. Preliminary conclusions show that community trust is composed of trust in neighbors and leadership. Openness, attention, ability, and quality are the influencing factors of the two trusts. On the one hand, a governance community composed of grassroots governments and social organizations can directly promote community renewal; on the other hand, effective participation and construction of community trust can more effectively and indirectly affect the renewal of communities.

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