Participating in the Global: Transnational Social Networks and Urban Anthropology

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Hong Kong completed its transition from lesser-developed country status through incorporating parts of China as its economic hinterland. It has done this in large part through the extension of social networks connecting Hong Kong people with residents of China. These are people with whom they shared pre-existing social connections or labels of shared identity that could support the interactions that developed. In becoming a global financial center, Hong Kong has constructed a transnational urban region that includes relatively poor parts of Guangdong province, and large numbers of migrants into new factory towns from even poorer parts of China.

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