Title

The shaping of housing histories in Shanghai

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Housing Studies

Publication Date

1-1-2012

Volume

27

Issue

1

First Page

27

Last Page

44

Publisher

Routledge

Keywords

China, Housing History, Generations, Housing Privatisation, Residential Mobility, Housing Tenure

Abstract

During the last half century or so, China has probably experienced more dramatic and fundamental changes than most other societies. Housing and family life have been embedded in a series of far-reaching societal changes, notably the communist victory of 1949, the period of the Cultural Revolution and the more recent drive towards a more market oriented society, with housing reforms at the forefront. This paper examines the way in which housing histories among families in Shanghai were shaped by these events and by their interaction with specific intergenerational dynamics. The paper draws on research carried out in Shanghai in 2008 which involved in-depth interviews with individual members of three linked generations. The research provides a unique account of family housing histories over three generations against a particularly turbulent backcloth.

DOI

10.1080/02673037.2012.629292

Print ISSN

02673037

E-ISSN

14661810

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Recommended Citation

Forrest, R., & Izuhara, M. (2012). The shaping of housing histories in Shanghai. Housing Studies, 27(1), 27-44. doi: 10.1080/02673037.2012.629292