Social organization in urban villages in the Pearl River Delta, South China - The case of Xiadu Cun, Guangzhou

Micro scale of an urban village (Xiadu Urban Village), urban villages are poverty areas within modernizing Chinese cities. Here, local communities subsist at poverty levels and with less standard infrastructure than the rest of the city, and social fabric and local self organizing is trying to make up for much of the deficits left by state or local government policies. The Master’s thesis of Patrizia Zanola is devoted to the life in an urban village and self help organizations. This thesis will be supervised by geographers and social scientists from Sun Yatsen University.