Wealth-based micro-segregation in Hong Kong: social distance within spatial proximity

Hang Kei Ho, Maurice Yip

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Building on the growing body of literature that highlights the significance of vertical urbanism and segregation in East Asian cities, this exploratory chapter focuses on Hong Kong and examines how housing inequality contributes to micro-segregation in two ways. First, it discusses housing inequality on the multigenerational level and illustrates that Hong Kong as a vertical city displays significant social disparity within close spatial proximity. Second, through introducing a wealth-based typology of five forms of micro-segregation, it examines how wealth, or the lack thereof, contributes to housing inequality among residential blocks that accommodate different subgroups of the population.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVertical Cities : Micro-segregation, Social Mix and Urban Housing Markets
EditorsThomas Maloutas, Nikos Karadimitriou
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar
Publication date28 Oct 2022
ISBN (Print)978-1-80088-638-4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-80088-639-1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2022
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameCities series
PublisherEdward Elgar

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology
  • Hong Kong
  • Vertical urbanism
  • Micro-scale segregation
  • Wealth classes
  • Housing market

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