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Globalizing Taipei The Political Economy of Spatial Development

Edited By Reginald Kwok Copyright 2005
    272 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Taipei's quest to become a global city is the key to its urban development. Globalizing Taipei looks at this "Asian Dragon", a major city in the South China Growth Triangle and a centre for transnational production, revealing how the development of this capital has received firm state support but is conditioned by international and domestic politics.

    The book is divided into four parts: economic and spatial restructuring, state and society realignment, social differentiation and cultural reorientation. Each analyzes the interaction of international, state and local politics in the shaping of the city's urban environment since World War II.

    All contributors to this edited volume are Taiwan scholars presenting critical insiders' views. Based on each author's specialization and research focus, each chapter provides an in-depth consideration of one of Taipei's developmental issues generated by globalization. Collectively they provide broad, insightful and coherent coverage of this crucial time in Taipei's global transmutation.

    Introduction: Asian Dragons, South China Growth Triangle, Developmental Governance and Globalizing Taipei  Part 1: Economic and Spatial Restructuring  1. The Evolution of Economic Base: From Industrial City, Post-Industrial City to Interface City  2. The Development of Economic Structure: Producer Services and Growth Constraints  3. The Transformation of Spatial Structure: From a Monocentric to a Polycentric City  Part 2: State and Society Realignment  4. Urban Politics and Spatial Development: The Energence of a Participatory Planning  5. Provision for Collective Consumption: Housing Production under Neoliberalism  6. Domestic Politics in Urban Image Creation: Xinyi as the "Manhattan of Taipei"  Part 3: Social Differentiation  7. Social Polarization and Income Inequality: Migration and Urban Labor Market  8. Daily Consumption in a Globalizing City: Food Markets at the Crossroads  Part 4: Cultural Reorientation  9. Modernization Ideoscope: Imaginative Geography and Aesthetic Landscape in Taipei Rapid Transit System  10. Commentary on the Marginalized Society: Tsai Ming-Liang's Films  11. Postscript: Current Dilemma and Future Uncertainty


    Reginald Yin-Wang Kwok is Professor of Asian Studies and Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. He is the founding director of the Centre of Urban Planning and Environmental Management at the University of Hong Kong. His research interests cover the political economy of Chinese development and urbanization, globalization in East Asia, urban econmic and spatial development, and cultural impact on urban design.

    'Taipei has always remained one of the world's most intriguing yet least understood major cities - but, with the publication of this major research study, there is understanding at last.'Sir Peter Hall, University College London, UK 

    'Academic studies about Taipei ... are uncommon ... hence it is a pleasure to see this edited volume ... anyone interested in modern Taiwan and especially Taipei and its development, will find this volume highly informative and useful as a reference work.' – The China Journal

    '[This book] is a welcome and much-needed contribution to the understanding of Taipei, and the insight it provides into processes of urbanization and globalization.' – IDPR