Confronting the Challenges of Urbanization in China: Insights from Social Science Perspectives, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Confronting the Challenges of Urbanization in China

Insights from Social Science Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Zai Liang, Steven F. Messner, Youqin Huang, Cheng Chen


228 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Since the late 1970s, China has experienced an unprecedented pace of urbanization. In 1978, only 17.8% of the population resided in urban areas, but by 2013 the level of urbanization had reached 53.8%. During the same period, China also enjoyed spectacular economic growth. China had become the second largest economy in the world by 2012, just behind the United States. Despite China’s highly acclaimed achievements in urbanization and its economic miracle, urban China confronts a set of significant challenges.

This book provides theoretically informed and empirically rich analyses of some of the key challenges facing China’s urbanization. The first part deals with new patterns of urbanization, focusing on comprehensive measures and environmental dimensions of urbanization. The second part of the book focuses on several aspects related to migrants in cities: migrant entrepreneurship, return migration, and local people’s attitudes toward migrants. The final section examines two key issues important for migrants, urban local residents, and policy-makers that have become quite contentious in China today: housing and urban health care.

This collection presents original, cutting-edge research on some of the most pressing challenges confronting contemporary urban China, conducted by researchers from multiple social science disciplines. It will appeal to scholars and advanced students of urban studies and China studies, as well as those in sociology, anthropology, geography, and political science.

Table of Contents


Part I: New Patterns of Urbanization and Challenges

1. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Analysis of Comprehensive Urbanization Level in Fujian Province of China Lijie Lin and Jianfa Shen

2. . Reborn from the Ruins: Urbanization by State Plan Xuzhi Zhan and Kristin Stapleton

3. Municipal Solid Waste and Environmental Equity in China—A Case Study in South Anhui Province Yongfen Wei and Guo Chen

Part II: Migrant Adaptation in Chinese Cities

4. Internal Migrants’ Self-Employment in China: Personal Capital and Market Payoffs Qian Song

5. Rural Migrants’ Intention to Stay in Cities – A Case Study of the Pearl River Delta, China Aijia Li and Miao David Chunyu

6. Urban Residents’ Attitudes toward Migrant Workers: General Assessment and the Role of Social Participation Yujun Liu and Weiping Wu

7. Out of Africa: New Patterns of Settlement for African Immigrants in China Bo Zhou and Zai Liang

Part III: Urban Housing and Health

8. Political Economy of State-led Urban Entrepreneurialism: the Case of Affordable Housing Regimes in China Xiaoye She

9. Housing and Stratum Identification in Shanghai China Lin Liu, Youqin Huang, and Zhang Wenhong

10. A Crisis of Trust: A Case Study of Doctor-Patient Relationship in Guangzhou Ni Gong and Cheng Chen

11. Breast Cancer and Social Support: The Case of Women in Foshan, China Shengli Wang and Steven F. Messner

12. Mental Health Status of Migrant Workers in China: The Roles of Working Conditions, Residential Environment, and Victimization Lei Lei

About the Editors

Zai Liang is Professor of Sociology and co-director of Urban China Research Network at the University at Albany, USA.

Steven F. Messner is Distinguished Teaching Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany, USA.

Youqin Huang is Associate Professor of Geography at the University at Albany, USA.

Cheng Chen is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies