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Cohesion and Community in Contemporary Hong Kong

By Ray Forrest, Adrienne La Grange, Ngai Ming Yip

© 2008 – Routledge

208 pages

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Hardback: 9780415377089
pub: 2017-12-30

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This is an impressive account of Hong Kong's contemporary social and spatial structure, exploring issues of community, neighbourhood and social division.

Hong Kong’s policy and political history, its essentially mono-cultural environment and its unique topography and built form have produced a rather different social milieu to make Hong Kong quite distinct from other major cities. In exploring these issues the book will also engage with a number of other topical debates in urban policy, social policy and sociology such as:

  • What does community mean these days?
  • Do people think of themselves as neighbourly and have a sense of local belonging in the midst of this dominant discourse of globalization and more diffuse social networks?
  • What can we learn from Hong Kong as regards social and environmental sustainability?

The authors of this fascinating text fuse locally based research on Hong Kong neighbourhoods with more macro level urban political economy to produce a comprehensive and up-to-date account of social and behavioural change in what is one of the most widely recognized urban landscapes in the world.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: High Rise City 2. Understanding Hong Kong's Development - A Brief Political Economy 3. City of Life 4. Reach for the Sky…The Classless City of Opportunity 5. Asia's World City 6. A Machine for Living 7. Accomodating Social and Economic Change 8. The Local in the Global 9. Conclusion: Into the Future

About the Authors

Ray Forrest is Head of the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol, UK.

Adrienne La Grange is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public and Social Administration at the City University of Hong Kong.

Yip Ngai-ming is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public and Social Administration at the City University of Hong Kong.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Asia Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of contemporary Asia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
HISTORY / Asia / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban