Handbook of Urban Segregation
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Handbook of Urban Segregation

Edited by Sako Musterd

The Handbook of Urban Segregation scrutinises key debates on spatial inequality in cities across the globe. It engages with multiple domains, including residential places, public spaces and the field of education. In addition it tackles crucial group-dimensions across race, class and culture as well as age groups, the urban rich, middle class, and gentrified households. This timely Handbook provides a key contribution to understanding what urban segregation is about, why it has developed, what its consequences are and how it is measured, conceptualised and framed.
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Chapter 20: Residential stratification and segmentation in the hyper-vertical city

Ray Forrest, Ka Sik Tong and Weijia Wang


There is very little research on the ways in which households are sifted and sorted in high-rise towers. Most of our knowledge of processes of social stratification and segmentation are rooted in low-rise horizontal environments. This chapter uses transaction data to explore price stratification in Hong Kong’s hyper high-rise environment. In doing so, it demonstrates the importance of height and view, particularly in more congested, higher-value neighbourhoods. The chapter speculates on how these factors may shape novel forms of social stratification and differentiation in high-rise towers. In explaining the lack of systematic social research in this area, it also points to the particular challenges posed by the social and physical architecture of the vertical city.

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