Land Acquisition in Urban Villages : Development of Civic Territoriality in Xiamen, China

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dc.contributor Helsingin yliopisto, Valtiotieteellinen tiedekunta, Sosiaalitieteiden laitos fi
dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Research en
dc.contributor Helsingfors universitet, Statsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för socialvetenskaper sv
dc.contributor.author Ye, Yazhen
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri URN:NBN:fi:hulib-201703273512
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/163981
dc.description.abstract This thesis studies the territorial strategies, i.e. civic territoriality, in an urban village, namely Houpu in Xiamen, China. The term civic territoriality is introduced by Hsing (2010) and it refers to the social actors’ strategies and struggles to defend territoriality in a physical and discursive sense. The purpose of this study is to find out which territorial strategies were developed by the villagers when they faced land acquisition. The data was collected by semi-structured interviews. Villagers and village cadres in Houpu were interviewed in order to explore their attitudes toward the redevelopment and their experiences with negotiating for compensations with the developer. The main research question for this study was: what kind of 'civic territoriality' did the villagers and the village collective develop when they faced land acquisition? Moreover, other sub-questions were formulated for the purpose of understanding the case thematically. Through this case study, two main categories of civic territoriality were detected in the redevelopment project. When villagers acted as a collective actor, they used their civic territoriality to reinforce their collective identity and to make decisions on the resettlement issues, whereas individual villagers utilized their civic territoriality to obtain more benefits during the land acquisition. The strategies developed by the individual villagers consisted of bargaining for higher monetary compensation and increasing the number of their family members in order to obtain more resettlement housing. Moreover, this thesis constructed a model to explain the involvement of different actors – the state, the developers, the villagers and the village committee - in the redevelopment projects. Different types of land acquisition compensations – monetary and housing compensation – and the attitudes of the village cadres and villagers toward the redevelopment of Houpu and land acquisition were also analyzed. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Helsingfors universitet sv
dc.publisher University of Helsinki en
dc.publisher Helsingin yliopisto fi
dc.title Land Acquisition in Urban Villages : Development of Civic Territoriality in Xiamen, China en
dc.type.ontasot pro gradu-avhandlingar sv
dc.type.ontasot pro gradu -tutkielmat fi
dc.type.ontasot master's thesis en
dc.subject.discipline Social Policy (prior to 1.8.2011) en
dc.subject.discipline Sosiaalipolitiikka fi
dc.subject.discipline Socialpolitik sv
dct.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:hulib-201703273512

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