Evolution of the Physical and Social Spaces of 'Village Resettlement Communities' From the Production of Space Perspective: A Case Study of Qunyi Community in Kunshan

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Aug 19;16(16):2980. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16162980.


Village resettlement communities (VRCs) are a special type of urban community that the government has promoted considerably during China's rapid urbanization. This study uses the theory of the production of space as a basis to explore the processes and mechanisms of the physical and social space evolution of VRCs through a case study of Qunyi Community, one of the largest VRCs in Kunshan. Questionnaires and semi-structured interviews were employed in this study. Results indicate that the coupling relationship between local government power and diversified capital is the fundamental reason that promotes the production of macrophysical space. Moreover, the economic and social relationships among residents promote the reproduction of microsocial space. Landless farmers are the most important spatial producers in the microsocial space. The individual needs and cultural differences of immigrant workers also have significant effects on microspatial production. Furthermore, the production and reproduction of the physical and social spaces, respectively, of VRCs deduce the adjustment relationship among the urbanization processes of land, population, and individuals. Results also indicate that the urbanization of individuals appears to lag behind the previous two processes. This study can provide a theoretical basis for the spatial renovation and management optimization of VRCs, as well as the promotion of a new type of "people-centered" urbanization.

Keywords: Kunshan; capital; power; production of space; social class; village resettlement community.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • China
  • City Planning*
  • Developing Countries
  • Emigration and Immigration*
  • Employment
  • Environment Design*
  • Humans
  • Local Government
  • Power, Psychological
  • Social Capital
  • Social Class
  • Social Environment*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Urbanization*