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TitleSurreal estate: Hong Kong's property sector and white-collar crime discourse: y Yujing Fun.
 
AuthorsFun, Yu-jing.
范優晶.
 
Issue Date2012
 
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
 
AbstractIt has been claimed by some that Hong Kong, the world’s freest economy, is without corruption or other kinds of white-collar crime. Statistical sources suggest that these crimes are indeed rare in the city. This study examined those claims by looking at the practices of Hong Kong’s real estate industry, specifically through the lens of a case study on 39 Conduit Road. The property development known as 39 Conduit Road became the centre of controversy in June 2010 when the developer, Henderson Land, was accused of market manipulation. The study found that many common practices in the real estate industry, such as intimidation and deception, could constitute an abuse of power by real estate developers. The abuse of power, especially when done in the course of an occupation, is a fundamental part of the sociological discourse of white-collar crime. The study concluded therefore that it was not that white-collar crime did not exist in Hong Kong but more that these behaviours were structurally rendered invisible. The study located the failure to observe these abuses in the city’s power structure where the local government used its economic policy of laissez faire to turn issues into non-issues, and in its legal culture where ambiguity in the law was construed as a right to act.
 
DegreeDoctor of Philosophy
 
SubjectWhite collar crimes - China - Hong Kong.
Real estate business - China - Hong Kong.
 
Dept/ProgramSociology
 
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dc.contributor.authorFun, Yu-jing.
 
dc.contributor.author范優晶.
 
dc.date.hkucongregation2012
 
dc.date.issued2012
 
dc.description.abstractIt has been claimed by some that Hong Kong, the world’s freest economy, is without corruption or other kinds of white-collar crime. Statistical sources suggest that these crimes are indeed rare in the city. This study examined those claims by looking at the practices of Hong Kong’s real estate industry, specifically through the lens of a case study on 39 Conduit Road. The property development known as 39 Conduit Road became the centre of controversy in June 2010 when the developer, Henderson Land, was accused of market manipulation. The study found that many common practices in the real estate industry, such as intimidation and deception, could constitute an abuse of power by real estate developers. The abuse of power, especially when done in the course of an occupation, is a fundamental part of the sociological discourse of white-collar crime. The study concluded therefore that it was not that white-collar crime did not exist in Hong Kong but more that these behaviours were structurally rendered invisible. The study located the failure to observe these abuses in the city’s power structure where the local government used its economic policy of laissez faire to turn issues into non-issues, and in its legal culture where ambiguity in the law was construed as a right to act.
 
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version
 
dc.description.thesisdisciplineSociology
 
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dc.description.thesisnameDoctor of Philosophy
 
dc.identifier.hkulb4786952
 
dc.languageeng
 
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
 
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)
 
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.
 
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License
 
dc.source.urihttp://hub.hku.hk/bib/B47869525
 
dc.subject.lcshWhite collar crimes - China - Hong Kong.
 
dc.subject.lcshReal estate business - China - Hong Kong.
 
dc.titleSurreal estate: Hong Kong's property sector and white-collar crime discourse: y Yujing Fun.
 
dc.typePG_Thesis
 
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