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postgraduate thesis: Housing, planning and political will in colonial Hong Kong, 1946-1983

TitleHousing, planning and political will in colonial Hong Kong, 1946-1983
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Issue Date2011
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Abstract
This thesis argues that an exercise of political will by the government was decisive to the course of public housing in colonial Hong Kong. Historians have seldom looked deeply into the local and international politics leading to the development of public housing. Not until recently did scholars start to challenge seriously the wellknown Shek Kip Mei fire of Christmas 1953 as the origin of public housing. This thesis contextualises housing history within broader political issues and challenges various historical events as watersheds in Hong Kong history, such as the Shek Kip Mei fire and the 1967 riots. The China factor greatly influenced both colonial rule and housing policies in Hong Kong by politicising the problems of refugees, squatters and indigenous people in the colony, as well as by triggering the British to link Hong Kong’s domestic policies with imperial concerns amidst the global wave of decolonisation. This thesis also shows how colonialism and laissez-faire capitalism interacted to make room for the real estate business by ensuring that public and private housing ran parallel. The act of political will by the government to choose between different housing solutions obscured the notion of public housing as social welfare over time. Offering insight into colonialism in Hong Kong, this thesis argues that the policy making of public housing was extremely complex because of imperial and colonial concerns, laissez-faire capitalism and the local people’s interest.
DegreeMaster of Philosophy
SubjectHousing policy - China - Hong Kong.
Dept/ProgramHistory

 

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dc.contributor.advisorCarroll, JM-
dc.contributor.advisorPomfret, DM-
dc.contributor.advisorXu, G-
dc.contributor.authorHo, Chi-yeung.-
dc.contributor.author何智揚.-
dc.date.issued2011-
dc.description.abstractThis thesis argues that an exercise of political will by the government was decisive to the course of public housing in colonial Hong Kong. Historians have seldom looked deeply into the local and international politics leading to the development of public housing. Not until recently did scholars start to challenge seriously the wellknown Shek Kip Mei fire of Christmas 1953 as the origin of public housing. This thesis contextualises housing history within broader political issues and challenges various historical events as watersheds in Hong Kong history, such as the Shek Kip Mei fire and the 1967 riots. The China factor greatly influenced both colonial rule and housing policies in Hong Kong by politicising the problems of refugees, squatters and indigenous people in the colony, as well as by triggering the British to link Hong Kong’s domestic policies with imperial concerns amidst the global wave of decolonisation. This thesis also shows how colonialism and laissez-faire capitalism interacted to make room for the real estate business by ensuring that public and private housing ran parallel. The act of political will by the government to choose between different housing solutions obscured the notion of public housing as social welfare over time. Offering insight into colonialism in Hong Kong, this thesis argues that the policy making of public housing was extremely complex because of imperial and colonial concerns, laissez-faire capitalism and the local people’s interest.-
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/B48079868-
dc.subject.lcshHousing policy - China - Hong Kong.-
dc.titleHousing, planning and political will in colonial Hong Kong, 1946-1983-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.identifier.hkulb4807986-
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Philosophy-
dc.description.thesislevelmaster's-
dc.description.thesisdisciplineHistory-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.5353/th_b4807986-
dc.date.hkucongregation2012-

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