PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2021, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (1): 135-146.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2021.01.013

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Mechanism of residential spatial differentiation affecting the social integration of landless farmers in suburbs: An empirical analysis on the Yangtze River Delta

ZHANG Haina1,2(), ZHU Yiwen1,2,*(), DENG Xiaoxiang3   

  1. 1. The Center for Modern Chinese City Studies, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
    2. Institute of Urban Development, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
    3. National Institutes of Educational Policy Research, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
  • Received:2020-06-01 Revised:2020-11-08 Online:2021-01-28 Published:2021-03-28
  • Contact: ZHU Yiwen;
  • Supported by:
    Major Program of National Social Science Foundation of China(13&ZD043);Major Program of Key Humanities and Social Sciences research Base of Ministry of Education(19JJD840001);Major Project of Humanities and Social Sciences in Scientific Research and Innovation Program of Shanghai Education Commission(201701070005E00041)


Urbanization in China has changed from speed focused to quality focused. The core of this change is to realize the urbanization of people, that is, the citizenization of agricultural population who have moved to cities and towns. After land requisition, the suburban landless farmers often need a new place of living, and the residential form has changed from the original homestead construction to the coexistence of various forms. Based on the empirical data of the Yangtze River Delta, this study took the social-spatial perspective as the main approach of research, and used regression models to analyze the impact of residential spatial differentiation on the social integration of landless farmers in suburbs. The study found that housing type, as the main dimension of residential space differentiation, affects the social integration of landless farmers in suburbs, while human capital factors such as individual monthly income and housing type work together. On this basis, we put forward policy recommendations from the aspects of implementing mixed residential mode, enhancing employment ability, and increasing government input to improve the level of social security, with a view to promoting the citizenization process of landless farmers.

Key words: residential space, social-spatial, suburban landless farmers, social integration, Yangtze River Delta