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Consumption-led mobilized urbanism: socio-spatial separation in the second-home city of Sanya

Wu, Yue-Fang and Xu, Hong-Gang and Lew, Alan A. (2013) Consumption-led mobilized urbanism: socio-spatial separation in the second-home city of Sanya. Mobilities. pp. 1-30. ISSN 1745-0101 (Submitted)

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Tourism and recreational second home development has increased rapidly in peripheral and lower-tier cities of China in recent years. While tourism-led real estate development has been widely accepted as an effective investment opportunity, it can increase urban segregation and stratification. This pattern is seen in the resort city of Sanya on Hainan Island, China. Sanya’s recreational second homes vary in form and can be categorized into (1) elite-vacation second homes (short stay, private homes), (2) lifestyle-migration second homes (short stay, commercial homes), and (3) retirement-migration second homes (longer term, seasonal homes). Unlike the segregated cities formed by displaced labor migrants in many of China’s cities, seasonal recreational migrants are both economically better-off and are emerging as a dominant political force. The segregated residential spaces created by Sanya’s second home development landscape further limits interaction and social network building between indigenous local residents and part-time recreational migrants. The perceived home space and feelings of place attachment towards Sanya is under drastic change, with locals feeling increasingly displaced. The new mosaic of consumption-led amenity cities in developing economies is one where traditional models of migration-based segregation are reversed.Wealthier second home migrants have the capacity for more political power than local residents, as well as relying more on non-localized social networks and multi-nodal home spaces. Consumption-led mobility is an important determinant in building explanations of socio-spatial segregation and stratification in global cities that are undergoing dramatic development change.

Item Type: Article
Publisher’s Statement: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Mobilities on Nov 21, 2013, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17450101.2013.853952
ID number or DOI: 10.1080/17450101.2013.853952
Keywords: consumption-led migration, seasonal migrants, second home, amenity destinations, socio-spatial differentiation, Sanya, Hainan, China
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: College of Social and Behavioral Science > Geography, Planning and Recreation
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2016 20:50
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/2272

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