The fading of earthbound compulsion in a Hong Kong village: population mobility and its economic implication

Author

Lee, Rance Pui-leung

TitleThe fading of earthbound compulsion in a Hong Kong village: population mobility and its economic implication
PublisherSocial Research Center, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Publication DateAugust, 1976
Pages:30
Keywords:Migration, Internal
Economic aspects

Villages

Abstract/ Concluding Remarks:This paper attempts to examine the effects of population mobility on the economic life of a Chinese rural community. The village under study is located in the New Territories of Hong Kong.

As a result of the rapid industrialization and urbanization in Hong Kong over the last few decades, the population in the village has become increasingly mobile. There have been an increasing number of outsiders immigrating to the community, of villagers outmigrating to other places, and of daily commuters between the village and the outside world. These various types of population mobility under the impact of industrial-urbanism have caused fundamental changes in the economic structure of the village. The primary change in agriculture is the shift from self-sufficient farming to commercial farming. More important is that farming has gradually lost its importance and given way to industrial production and services. It is noteworthy that such a "spontaneous" change of economic types has done more good than harm to the material wellbeing of the village dwellers.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references p. 30
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