The Power of Rural Market: Reshaping Relocated Villagers’ Sense of Place in North China [virtual]

Lei Cai (Wuhan University)

In recent decades, with the rapid urbanization lots of Chinese villagers have relocated from farmhouses to new-build multistory buildings. Losing traditional rural landscape affects their attachment to place. The new lifestyle extends their living space from village community to a larger area, bringing fading and reconstruction of sense of place. Compared with moving to another religion, relocation within the same town can provide better condition to help relocated villagers reduce frustration and adapt to new surroundings. This paper will examine how rural markets help relocated villagers to sustain and reshape sense of place.

Part of 07-05 Maintaining, Reshaping, and Re-Centering Periphery in Community Spaces [hybrid], Saturday, October 15, 8:00 am–10:00 am