Hong Kong Public and Squatter Housing

Geopolitics and Informality, 1963–1985


Alan Smart and Fung Chi Keung Charles

ISBN : 978-988-8805-64-8

Sociology / History / Urban Planning / Hong Kong Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Studies Series (皇家亞洲學會香港研究叢書)

May 2023

340 pages, 9″ x 6″, 17 b&w illus.; 1 map and 2 tables

  • HK$300.00

In Hong Kong Public and Squatter Housing: Geopolitics and Informality, 1963–1985, Alan Smart and Fung Chi Keung Charles trace two decades of development of squatting in Hong Kong. The authors reconstruct the government policy on squatting through both ethnographic and archival research. The book sheds new light on the consequences of various attempts to control encroachment on scarce urban space. It argues that intersecting policy agendas resulted in decisions that were often not desired, but which emerged as practical solutions from prior failures. The authors address the challenges of explaining confidential policy decisions and offer new approaches applicable in other contexts. Overall, Smart and Fung make an important contribution to the understanding of how public housing and squatting interacted in influential ways that have been poorly understood and offer new perspectives on the challenges of urban governance and housing problems.

Alan Smart is a professor emeritus in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Calgary.

Fung Chi Keung Charles received his MPhil in Government and Public Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.