I am in my final year at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. I have a keen interest in how neighbourhoods and its associated characteristics can influence our social life. The rapid urbanisation of Chinese cities and the integration of rural migrants are also part of my research focus and through my PhD thesis I am hoping to unravel how the transition from a planned to a market economy has impacted on the interpersonal social interactions of Chinese residents.
Rapid urbanization, urban neighbourhoods, social change, social capital, immigration, assimilation
Immigration has become a vital challenge for cities and there are many studies focusing on international migration and their impact on neighbourhoods and social capital. However, there few studies focusing on domestic migrations in developing countries such as China. Since the economic transition, Chinese cities have undergone rapid urbanisation and a key factor for the growth of the cities are the millions of migrants moving to the city for a better livelihood. The thesis will examine the role of the neighbourhood as a platform for migrants to interact with locals. This study will adopt the social capital theory to measure the integration of migrants due to its distinction in bonding and bridging social capital.
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Immigration has become a major challenge that tests the social resilience of cities. Facing increasing demographic change and social segregation,...