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Pseudo-Public Spaces in Chinese Shopping Malls

Rise, Publicness and Consequences, 1st Edition

By Yiming Wang


240 pages

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Shopping malls in China create a new pseudo-public urban space which is under the control of private or quasi-public power structure. As they are open for public use, mediated by the co-mingling of private property rights and public meanings of urban space, the rise, publicness and consequences of the boom in the construction of shopping malls raises major questions in spatial political economy and magnifies existing theoretical debates between the natural and conventional schools of property rights.

In examining these issues this book develops a theoretical framework starting with a critique of the socio-spatial debate between two influential bodies of work represented by the work of Henri Lefebvre and David Harvey. Drawing on the framework, the book examines why pseudo-public spaces have been growing so rapidly in China since the 1980s; assesses to what degree pseudo-public spaces are public, and how they affect the publicness of Chinese cities; and explores the consequences of their rise.

Findings of this book provide insights that can help to better understand Chinese urbanism and also have the potential to inform urban policy in China. This book will be of interest to academics and researchers in both Chinese studies and urban studies.

Table of Contents



List of Figures

List of Tables

Series Editor Foreword




1 Introduction

2 Understanding Spatial Transformation

3 The Rise of Pseudo-Public Spaces

4 The Publicness of Pseudo-Public Spaces

5 Consequences of Pseudo-Public Spaces

6 Conclusion





About the Author

Yiming Wang is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) in Tongji University, China. He completed his PhD at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. His research is centred on Chinese urbanism, spatial political economy and the publicness of space.

About the Series

Routledge Complex Real Property Rights Series

Real Property Rights are central to the global economy and provide a legal framework for how society (be it developed or customary) relates to land and buildings. We need to better understand property rights to ensure sustainable societies, careful use of limited resources and sound ecological stewardship of our land and water. Contemporary property rights theory is dynamic and needs to engage thinkers who are prepared to think outside their disciplinary limitations.

The Routledge Complex Real Property Rights Series strives to take a transdisciplinary approach to understanding property rights and specifically encourages heterodox thinking. Through rich international case studies, the goal of the series is to build models to connect theory to observed reality, informing potential policy outcomes. This series is both an ideal forum and reference for students and scholars of property rights and land issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Public, Commercial & Industrial
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Real Estate / Commercial
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General