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Conference Paper: Shanghai’s professional middle class in the wave of gentrification: cause or effect?

TitleShanghai’s professional middle class in the wave of gentrification: cause or effect?
Authors
KeywordsPublic administration
Municipal government
Issue Date2009
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/cities
Citation
The International Conference on "Globalization: Cultures, Institutions and Socioeconomics", Hong Kong, China, 12-13 December 2008. In Cities, 2009, v. 26 n. 2, p. 57-66 How to Cite?
AbstractThe proliferation of the new middle-class and the ongoing gentrification of many Chinese cities calls for another reflection on causes of the latter. The paper presents an effort to unravel the middle-class in Chinese cities in order to probe the role of the professional middle-class in gentrification. Through a survey of randomly selected professional and managerial workers in the service industry, the paper argues that it is plausible to identify this fraction of the professional middle-class as one homogeneous social group who possess cultural competence to decode and appreciate an urbane lifestyle. Given the situation that residential redevelopment in a time of globalization has profoundly reshaped the social order of urban landscapes where gentrified neighborhoods assemble "established elite enclaves", members of the professional middle-class are attracted by the image of elite life and thus willing to pay for the symbolic value of those elite enclaves which they can afford. Approaching from the consumption side, the study reflects upon the role of the new middle-class in the process of gentrification in the Chinese urban context.
DescriptionSession D2: Thinking Space, Linking Cities (individual papers)
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/64249
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 2.051
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.422

 

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dc.contributor.authorWang, Jen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLau, SYen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-13T04:44:00Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-13T04:44:00Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationThe International Conference on "Globalization: Cultures, Institutions and Socioeconomics", Hong Kong, China, 12-13 December 2008. In Cities, 2009, v. 26 n. 2, p. 57-66-
dc.identifier.issn0264-2751-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/64249-
dc.descriptionSession D2: Thinking Space, Linking Cities (individual papers)en_HK
dc.description.abstractThe proliferation of the new middle-class and the ongoing gentrification of many Chinese cities calls for another reflection on causes of the latter. The paper presents an effort to unravel the middle-class in Chinese cities in order to probe the role of the professional middle-class in gentrification. Through a survey of randomly selected professional and managerial workers in the service industry, the paper argues that it is plausible to identify this fraction of the professional middle-class as one homogeneous social group who possess cultural competence to decode and appreciate an urbane lifestyle. Given the situation that residential redevelopment in a time of globalization has profoundly reshaped the social order of urban landscapes where gentrified neighborhoods assemble "established elite enclaves", members of the professional middle-class are attracted by the image of elite life and thus willing to pay for the symbolic value of those elite enclaves which they can afford. Approaching from the consumption side, the study reflects upon the role of the new middle-class in the process of gentrification in the Chinese urban context.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/cities-
dc.relation.ispartofCities-
dc.subjectPublic administration-
dc.subjectMunicipal government-
dc.titleShanghai’s professional middle class in the wave of gentrification: cause or effect?en_HK
dc.typeConference_Paperen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=0264-2751&volume=26&issue=2&spage=57&epage=66&date=2009&atitle=Shanghai’s+professional+Middle+Class+in+the+wave+of+gentrification:+cause+or+effect?-
dc.identifier.emailWang, J: jwang@ad.arch.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailLau, SY: ssylau@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.authorityLau, SY=rp01006en_HK
dc.identifier.hkuros159561en_HK
dc.identifier.hkuros146597-
dc.identifier.volume26-
dc.identifier.issue2-
dc.identifier.spage57-
dc.identifier.epage66-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-
dc.description.otherThe International Conference on "Globalization: Cultures, Institutions and Socioeconomics", Hong Kong, China, 12-13 December 2008. In Cities, 2009, v. 26 n. 2, p. 57-66-

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