Toward a Relational Account of Neighborhood Governance: Territory-Based Networks and Residential Outcomes in Urban China

Qiang Fu, Shenjing He, Yushu Zhu, Si Ming LI, Yanling He, Huoning Zhou, Nan Lin*

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Abstract

Although changes in urban space often mean a restructuring of social relations, few studies elucidate why network-related frameworks are inherently related to residential outcomes in urban neighborhoods. By proposing a relational account of neighborhood governance, we investigate outcomes of neighborhood governance by incorporating a series of measures of network forms of organization, network-based social capital, and neighborly interactions. Based on a collaborative survey project conducted in Guangzhou, we find that neighborhood ties and neighborly interactions are positively associated with neighborhood attachment and cohesion, whereas uneven power relations between grassroots governments and civic homeowners associations are negatively associated with these two measures. These results not only reveal new social dynamics in urban space but also lend support to a relational account of neighborhood governance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)992-1006
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Behavioral Scientist
Volume59
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2015

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • China
  • neighborhood governance
  • network forms of organization
  • social capital
  • social networks

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