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China's Urban Space

Development under market socialism, 1st Edition

By Terry McGee, George C.S. Lin, Mark Wang, Andrew Marton, Jiaping Wu


288 pages | 54 B/W Illus.

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China’s urban growth is unparalleled in the history of global urbanization, and will undoubtedly create huge challenges to China as it modernizes its society. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, this book presents an overview of the radical transformation of China’s urban space since the 1970s, arguing that to study the Chinese urbanization process one must recognize the distinctive political economy of China.

After a long period as a planned socialist economy, China’s rapid entry into the global economy has raised suggestions that modernization in China will inevitably result in urban patterns and features like those of cities in developed market economies. This book argues that this is unlikely in the short term, because processes of urban transition in China must be interpreted through the lens of a unique and unprecedented juxtaposition of socialism and the market economy, which is leading to distinctive patterns of Chinese urbanization.

Richly illustrated with maps, diagrams and in-depth case studies, this book will be an invaluable resource to students and scholars of urban economics and policy, geography, and the development of China.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Political Economy of Chinese Urbanization 3. 'Seeing like a State': The Urbanization Project in China Post-1978 4. Representing Urbanization in China: Official and Unofficial Readings of the Process 5. City Core and the Periphery: The Case of Guangdong and Hong Kong Extended Metropolitan Region 6. Emerging Urbanization in the Pearl River Delta: A Case Study of Dongguang 7. Manipulating the Margins: The Case of Shanghai 8. Rural Agglomeration and Urbanization in the Lower Yangzi Delta: The 'Urban Echo' in Kunshan 9. Divergent Urbanization Paths in the Shenyang-Dalian Urban Corridor, Liaoning Province 10. Reviewing the Case Studies: Dimensions of Scale in the Chinese Urbanization Process 11. Conclusion: Rewriting China’s Urban Future

About the Authors

Terry McGee is currently Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia

George C.S. Lin is Professor and Head of the School of Geography, The University of Hong Kong.

Andrew M. Marton is Associate Professor and Reader in Chinese Geography in the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham, UK.

Mark Yaolin Wang is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Environmental Enquiry, The University of Melbourne, Australia.

Jiaping Wu is a Research Fellow with School for Social and Policy Research at Charles Darwin University, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on China in Transition

The spectacular economic development of China has raised many questions about its future. China in Transition participates in the intellectual developments by focusing on social, political and cultural change in the China of the 1990s and beyond. Drawing on new research from scholars in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe, this series is invaluable in monitoring reform and interpreting the consequences for China, its neighbours and the West.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / China
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies