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Globalization and the Chinese City

1st Edition

Edited by Fulong Wu


316 pages | 39 B/W Illus.

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Introducing readers to the far-reaching global orientation that is now taking place in urban China, an international team of contributors describe overarching globalization through a detailed examination of the transformation of the built environment.

A range of urban development processes are analyzed including urbanization, real estate development, changing landscapes, the industrial restructuring of the second-tier city, and the formation of the city-region in the context of global and local interactions. In examining city development and local practices as part of globalization processes, the global city is treated as a collection of microcosms and concrete places, overcoming the analytical tension of the dichotomy of the perceived 'East versus West' divide.

Table of Contents

1. Globalization and China’s New Urbanism Section 1: Globalization and Urbanization 2. Beyond the Reach of Globalization: China’s Border Regions and Cities in Transition 3. Globalization and the Growth of Chinese Cities Section 2: Globalizing Chinese Large Cities 4. Beijing as an ‘Internationalized Metropolis’ 5. Local and Social Change in a Globalized City: The Case of Hong Kong 6. Globalizing Macau: The Emotional Costs of Modernity 7. Cross-Boundary Integration of the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong: An Emerging Global City-Region in China 8. New Configuration of Taipei under Globalization Section 3: City Development under Globalization 9. Global Capital and Local Land in China’s Urban Real Estate Development 10. Transplanting Cityscapes: Townhouse and Gated Community in Globalization and Housing Commodification 11. A Globalized Golden Ghetto in a Chinese Garden: The Fontainebleau Villas in Shanghai Section 4: Globalization and Urban Political and Economic Implications 12. The Creation of Global-Local Competitive Advantages in Shanghai 13. Globalization and the Growth of New Economic Sectors in the Second-Tier Extended Cities in the Yangtze River Delta 14. Political and Economic Implications of New Public Spaces in Chinese and Asian Global Cities 15. Globalization and Grassroots Practices: Community Development in Contemporary Urban China

About the Editor

Fulong Wu is a reader in the school of Geography at the University of Southampton. His main research areas are urban spatial structure in Chinese cities, urban housing and land development, and he received the 2001 Otto Koenigsberger Prize from Habitat International. He serves as a member of the editorial advisory board of several architectural and planning journals and is co-editor with Laurence J.C. Ma of Restructuring the Chinese City (Routledge, 2005).

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary China Series

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Subject Categories

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