School District Houses as Super-gentrification—A Case Study of Wuhan

YUN ZHONG, YVTTE TAYLOR, VIRGINE THERIAULT

Abstract


Previous researches identified phenomenon of Chinese school district houses as Jiaoyufication (Education-led gentrification played out in Chinese society). In this paper, a different view on that phenomenon is provided, which it is that phenomenon of Chinses school district houses is a vary form of super-gentrification, similar to that first identified by Lees (2003) in Brooklyn Heights of New York. Differently, super-gentrification of Chinese school districts is caused by both parents’ demand on high-quality educational resources and national planning strategies. Through a 5-year longitudinal investigation, two qualitative findings are summarized. Firstly, currently a new group of super wealthy residents with higher income and occupational status have displaced indigenous middle-class families to occupy catchment areas of high-performing schools. Besides, super-gentrification of school district also leads to social and spatial segregation through reduction of affordable houses and increase of renting fees.

Keywords


School District Houses, Super-gentrification, Wuhan


DOI
10.12783/dtssehs/icssd2017/19180

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