Patterns of urban differentiation in Hong Kong: a reexamination of Shevky's theory of urban development

Author

Lau Siu-kai

TitlePatterns of urban differentiation in Hong Kong: a reexamination of Shevky's theory of urban development
PublisherSocial Research Center, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Publication DateMarch, 1976
Pages:20
Keywords:Urbanization

Social conditions

Abstract/ Concluding Remarks:What can we conclude form our factor analysis? Most importantly, we have demonstrated support for Shevky’s theory that the two major dimensions of urban differentiation are “socio-economic status” and “family status”. We have also demonstrated that Hong Kong is a differentiated urban society. However, several refinements or supplements to Shevky’s model are suggested:

1) A society characterized by confrontation between modern and traditional elements will show an urban differentiation pattern marked by the independent, disjunctive development of the two sets of elements. Whether a higher level of modernization would lead to the elimination of this dimension of urban differentiation is difficult to tell; nonetheless, this dimension is very important in understanding structural differentiation in modernizing societies.

2) “Racial segregation” is not necessarily a dimension in urban differentiation. The traditional division of labor among ethnic groups might be carried over into the urban setting, imposing a conditioning factor on the processes of urban differentiation, and resulting in different lifestyles among the groups.

NoteBibliography: p. 19-20
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