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