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From homogenous to heterogeneous: the transformation of Beijing's socio-spatial structure

Feng, Jian, Wu, Fulong and Logan, John 2008. From homogenous to heterogeneous: the transformation of Beijing's socio-spatial structure. Built Environment 34 (4) , pp. 482-498. 10.2148/benv.34.4.482

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Comparing 1982 and 2000 census data, we find that Beijing's socio-spatial structure is becoming more complex, with the transformation from a homogenous spatial structure to a heterogeneous one. The characteristics of Beijing's social space transformed from reflecting information about occupation to the appearance of many new factors, concerning migrants, ethnicity and housing conditions, which are the results of moving to a market economy. The socio-spatial structure model changed from one exhibiting more similarities than differences to one exhibiting more differences than similarities. The distribution of urban social indices tends to be dispersive and complicated, while the degree of spatial differentiation of social indices in Beijing tends to have decreased in the period 19822000. The reasons for such transformation should be attributed to institutional innovation, the changing manner of urban planning and development, and changing individual status.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Publisher: Alexandrine Press
ISSN: 0263-7960
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:08

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