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Chinese Urbanism

Critical Perspectives

Edited by Mark Jayne

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268 pages | 48 B/W Illus.

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This book provides a definitive overview of contemporary developments in our understanding of urban life in China. With multi-disciplinary perspectives, contributions outline the most significant critical theoretical, methodological and empirical developments in our appreciation of Chinese cities in the context of an increasing globalized world. Each chapter includes reviews and appraisals of past and current theoretical development and embarks on new innovative theoretical directions relating toMarxist, feminist, post-structural, post-colonial, and ‘more-than-representational’ thinking. The book provides an in-depth insight into urban change and the lifestyle/qualitative experiences for those inhabiting and visiting Chinese cities. It considers in what ways theoretical engagement with Chinese cities contributes to our understanding of ‘global urbanism’. It also explores how new critical perspectives on economic, political, social, spatial, emotional, embodied and affective practices adds value to our understanding of urban life in, and beyond, China.

Chinese Urbanism offers valuable insights which will be of interest to students and scholars alike working in geography, urban studies, Asian studies, economics, political studies and beyond.

Table of Contents

1: An introduction to critical perspectives on Chinese urbanism (Mark Jayne) Part one: Space and place 2: Towards critical urbanism: urban public space in modern China (Junxi Qian)3: China’s urbanism, developmentalism and the Party state (Hyun Bang Shin and Yimin Zhao) 4: Nature, housing and everyday life in Chinese cities (Junfang Xie) Part two: Identity, lifestyle and forms of sociability 5: Encountering strangers: prostitution and urban life in Dongguan, China (Xiaomei Cai and Xiaobo Su)6: Greening the Chinese city: young people, environmental activism and ChinaNet (Alison Hulme) 7: Interstitial spaces of caring and community: commodification, modernisation and everyday practice within Beijing’s hutong neighbourhoods (Melissa Y. Rock) Part three: Consumption and urban cultures 8: Tasting, savouring, signalling: articulating the luxury brand experience in Chinese cities (Annamma Joy, John F. Sherry, Jr. and Jeff Jianfeng Wang)9:Food, alcohol and the ‘ideal’ home in urban ChinaChen Liu10: Pop-up urbanism: selling old Beijing to the creative class (Amy Yueming Zhang) Part four: (Im)mobilities and materialities 11: Urban cross-border mobilities: geopolitical encounters and bordering practices of ‘Taiwanese compatriots’ in China (J. J. Zhang)12: Contested (im)mobilities and rhythms of Chinese cities: urban transformations and ‘slow life’ in Sanya (Jingfu Chen) 13: Chinese urban informality and migrant workers negotiation of work/life balanceGengzhi (Huang, Tao Lin and Desheng Xue) Part five: Bodies, emotions and atmospheres 14: Embodying Chinese urbanism (Mark Jayne and Ho Hon Leung)15: Noisy cities (Jie Zhang) 16: Creativity and Chinese urbanism: the moral atmosphere of Lishui Barbizon (Jun Wang and Yan Li)17: Afterword: critical Chinese urbanism for the twenty-first century (Mark Jayne)


About the Editor

Mark Jayne is Professor of Human Geography at Cardiff University, UK. He is a social and cultural geographer whose research interests includes consumption, the urban order, city cultures and cultural economy and he has published over 80 journal articles, book chapters and official reports. Mark is author of Cities and Consumption (Routledge, 2005), co-author of Alcohol, Drinking, Drunkenness: (Dis)Orderly Spaces (Ashgate, 2011) and Childhood, Family, Alcohol (Ashgate, 2015). Mark is also co-editor of City of Quarters: Urban Villages in the Contemporary City (Ashgate, 2004), Small Cities: Urban Experience Beyond the Metropolis (Routledge, 2006), Urban Theory Beyond the West: A World of Cities (Routledge, 2012) and Urban Theory: New Critical Perspectives (Routledge, 2017).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography