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[演講公告]Displacement and Replacement: Emerging Social Inequalities in China’s Ecological Urbanization

Friday, December 14, 2018, 14:20 - 16:20
Location Room101(地理一教室), the Geography Department Building
講者: I-Chun Catherine Chang ( 麥卡利斯特學院 地理系 助理教授 )
演講大綱:

Over the last decade, China’s quest for sustainable development has spawned hundreds of eco-city projects. Most of these projects involve displacing original inhabitants to make room for newly constructed residential enclaves courting China’s new middle class and international elites. Ostensibly, these are new forms of environmental gentrification and housing inequality that adhere to the “accumulation by dispossession” logic commonly seen in cities in the global South. Yet my research on the life transitions of both displaced villagers and new residents in two Chinese eco-city constructions suggests that displacement also leads to new, divergent pathways in individual social mobility. Drawing on on-site observation and interviews, I find that villagers relocated from the project construction sites experienced different resettlement trajectories and life transitions, often contingent upon their capacity in acquiring compensation in the form of new property rights. For some, displacement could even be the first step towards further wealth accumulation. Meanwhile, the newly arrived middle class residents at the eco-cities were deprived of their original urban lives and social relations, compelled to adjust to the new cities’ lack of infrastructure and amenities. Further compounding their problem is the housing market slump right after their home purchases, which seriously restricted the spatial mobility of the residents. As sustainability projects becomes a prominent agenda in contemporary urban policies, the findings of this research highlight the need to consider the inequality implications, particularly how new developments affect individual social and spatial mobility.(整場演講以英文進行)

講者簡介:
學術召集: Prof. Po-Yi Hung
Contact TA Yu-Hsin Chang(02-3366-5846)
附件:
張儀君演講公告.pdf

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