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Design for Social Capital: Improve Community Welfare for Left-behind Children in Rural China

Siqing Chen, Yang LI, Qingming Zhan (ed.)

CUPUM2019 | Published : 2019

Abstract

China’s urbanisation in the past decades has been mirrored by large scale rural-urban migration. During this process, hundreds of millions of rural inhabit-ants move to cities for better employment opportunities while leaving their children behind in rural villages. The separation with parents causes negative transformation of family welfare supply structure. As a result, many “left-behind” children (LBC) display characteristics include loneliness, misconduct, low self-esteem, and crime tendencies. Based on welfare pluralism theory, this paper uses GIS-based planning and design approaches to improve social welfare for LBC in rural China. Using a case study in Hubei Province, we demonstrate t..

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