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China's Emerging Cities

The Making of New Urbanism, 1st Edition

Edited by Fulong Wu


306 pages

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With urbanism becoming the key driver of socio-economic change in China, this book provides much needed up-to-date material on Chinese urban development.

Demonstrating how it transcends the centrally-planned model of economic growth, and assessing the extent to which it has gone beyond the common wisdom of Chinese ‘gradualism’, the book covers a wide range of important topics, including:

  • local land development
  • the local state
  • private-public partnership
  • foreign investment
  • urbanization
  • ageing
  • home ownership.

Providing a clear appraisal of recent trends in Chinese urbanism, this book puts forward important new conceptual resources to fill the gap between the outdated model of the ‘Third World’ city and the globalizing cities of the West.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Cities as Emerging Institutions 1. Beyond Gradualism: China’s Urban Revolution and Emerging Cities Fulong Wu 2. Land Property Rights Regime in China: A Comparative Study of Suzhou and Dongguan You-Ren Yang and Hung-Kai Wang 3. Public-Private Partnership in the Urban Water Sector of Shanghai Seungho Lee 4. The Dialectics of Urban Planning in China Daniel B. Abramson Part 2: Transitioning Economic and Social Spheres 5. Hong Kong and Taiwan Investment in Dongguan: Divergent Trajectories and Impacts Chun Yang 6. Urban Labor Market Changes and Social Protection for Urban Informal Workers: Challenges for China and India Sunil Kumar and Bingqin Li 7. Ageing Urban Society: Discourse and Policy Ian G. Cook and Jason L. Powell 8. Transition to Homeownership: Implications for Wealth Redistribution Si-ming Li Part 3: Rebuilding Residential Space 9. Residential Redevelopment and Social Impacts in Beijing Hyun Bang Shin 10. Neighborhood Changes and Residential Differentiation in Shanghai Shenjing He and Fulong Wu 11. Large Urban Redevelopment Projects and Socio-Spatial Stratification in Shanghai Ying Ying Tian and Cecilia Wong Part 4: Emerging Leisure, Retailing and Consumption Practices 12. Spaces of Leisure: Gated Golf Communities in China Guillaume Giroir 13. A Tale of Two Cities: Restructuring of Retail Capital and Production of New Consumption Spaces in Beijing and Shanghai Shuguang Wang and Chongyi Guo 14. When Local Meets Global: Residential Differentiation, Global Connections and Consumption in Shanghai Jiaming Sun and Xiangming Chen

About the Editor

Fulong Wu is Professor of East Asian Planning and Development and the Director of the Urban China Research Centre at the School of City and Regional Planning of Cardiff University. He is co-editor (with Laurence Ma) of Restructuring the Chinese City (Routledge, 2005), editor of Globalization and the Chinese City (Routledge, 2006), and co-author (with Jiang Xu and Anthony Gar-On Yeh) Urban Development in Post-Reform China: State, Market, and Space (Routledge, 2007).

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary China Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Urban & Regional
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General