Neighbourhood and class : A study of three neighbourhoods in Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1181-1200
Journal / PublicationUrban Studies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - May 2011


This paper investigates the relationship between neighbourhood cohesion and organisation and class in Hong Kong. It draws on a survey of 1200 face-to-face interviews in an up-market private housing estate on Hong Kong Island, a large, neither rich nor poor public housing estate in the New Territories and a mixed-use, low-income inner-city neighbourhood in Kowloon. Four indexes measure interneighbourhood and intraneighbourhood differences-namely, attraction to neighbourhood, neighbouring and psychological sense of community adapted from the Buckner scale of social cohesion, and social organisation developed by the author. There are significant differences between the neighbourhoods. However, these differences are not duplicated between occupation-defined class within the neighbourhoods, although there are some differences based on self-defined social class. The likely explanation lies in the character of the three neighbourhoods, government policy, the effect of private housing management and the low level of spatial differentiation by income across the city. © 2010 Urban Studies Journal Limited.