Effects of the forced resettlement of a community from an agricultural settlement to a high-rise building

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The objective of this study was to understand the implications of forced displacement and resettlement of a rural community to an extremely different built environment in urban setting. Based on the Inglehart’s theory of cultural shifts we were able to delineate the process by which changes in physical environment caused significant changes in the community social structure and community members’ cultural identities. The collective characteristics that had once united and strengthened the community’s social structure began to dwindle. Meanwhile, a growing tendency towards individualistic characteristics gradually increased, causing the weakening and eventual dissolution of both the community and its social structure. The gradual process of community changes was reflected in the subjective narratives presented by community residents in a series of in-depth interviews conducted 4 years after the evacuation, in their new homes. Till that time, the community finally broke up, most of its members spreading out to live in various other areas. The study findings will be incorporated into a framework for resettlement policy on appropriate housing for resettled communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-137
Number of pages15
JournalGeo Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2016


  • Community settlement
  • Displacement
  • High-rise building
  • Resettlement

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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