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Title: Home ownership ideology of young people in transitional urban China
Author: Nie, Chen
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2012
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The creation of home owning societies has been a widespread phenomena, not only in the post-socialist countries of Eastern and Central Europe, but also in Asia. The focus of this research is urban China which, following extensive housing reform, has emerged as a home owning society with rate of home ownership reaching 80 per cent in 2010, in contrast to a society previously dominated by public rental housing. For most residents in Chinese urban areas, the market has become the only available way to access home ownership. A transitional urban housing system, which demonstrates features of the dualist housing model adopted by English speaking home owning societies, has gradually been constructed in urban China underpinned by a series of borne ownership oriented housing policies. However, successful reform and sustained economic development has made Chinas developmental trajectory different from other transitional societies. Following a gradualist approach and in the context of alternative transition dynamic, this emerging Chinese home owing society offers a valuable case-study within which to develop theories of home ownership ideologies, particularly as existing research in this area is often focused on Western or developed societies. Thus, this thesis draws on the particular case of urban China, and aims to challenge and develop the concepts and theories of home ownership ideologies based on western models utilizing a social constructivist perspective and qualitative research rather than through statistical analysis. In particular, it focuses on the attitudes and experiences of young people in relation to housing and how these interact with their understanding of home ownership. Considering the increased fragmentation and differentiation which exists among homeowners as a group, as well as the significant role young people play in Chinese housing consumption this focus is particularly appropriate. Data collected from qualitative interviews in Beijing with post 80s homeowners are used to identify why and how young people strive to access home ownership in the context of substantial social change and soaring housing prices. Theoretically, this thesis uses ideology theory and develops an interactive perspective in order to overcome the drawbacks of previous structural or individual approaches. Empirically, this thesis identifies the significant issues surrounding home ownership, as well as the multiple roles it has in an ongoing and complex interaction between structural elements and agency, class structure and identities, within the context of China' s transitional urban society.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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