Handbook on Urban Development in China


Handbook on Urban Development in China

9781786431622 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Ray Yep and June Wang, Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong and Thomas Johnson, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield, UK
Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 978 1 78643 162 2 Extent: 432 pp
The trajectory and logic of urban development in post-Mao China have been shaped and defined by the contention between domestic and global capital, central and local state and social actors of different class status and endowment. This urban transformation process of historic proportion entails new rules for distribution and negotiation, novel perceptions of citizenship, as well as room for unprecedented spontaneity and creativity. Based on original research by leading experts, this book offers an updated and nuanced analysis of the new logic of urban governance and its implications.

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In recent decades, China has undergone an extraordinary transformation from an overwhelmingly rural population to that of a predominantly urban one. This major new Handbook examines and explores the key features and implications of this urbanising process from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

Using three overarching themes - progress and enhancement, dislocation and tension, and the unique features of Chinese urban development - leading experts in the field provide a contemporary analysis of critical issues affecting China today. This includes the nature of urban change, governance and migration, and how this has impacted the politics, culture, economy and environment. Unprecedented in depth and breadth, contributors both from within mainland China and across the globe offer varied analyses and perspectives of continuity and reform in policies that allow China to continue to evolve. Sections also cover individuality, the urban-rural interface and possible future policy directions, with crucial discussion about continuing urbanisation in an increasingly interconnected world.

Essential reading for academics and students of urban and Chinese studies, this Handbook provides a timely and much needed reference work for those who want to better understand China’s urbanisation experiences.  
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‘I consider the book to be a worthy addition to the literature. Researchers, students and government officials should read it.’
– Lin Ye, Journal of Urban Affairs

‘This wide-ranging Handbook includes both useful overviews of key topics and new research on China’s urban development over the last four decades. An important, multi-disciplinary contribution to understanding the nature and challenges of China’s urbanisation — from planning and policy, through social and cultural change, to governance and politics.’
– Jane Duckett, University of Glasgow, UK
Contributors: A.-M. Broudehoux, Y. Cai, K.W. Chan, F. Chen, L. Chen, E.W. Cheng, H. Chiang, M.Y. Cho, B. Guan, D.R. Hammond, P. Hao, T. Heberer, T. Johnson, K. Kan, G. Lang, J. Li, S. Liu,Y. Liu, T.-l. Lui, B. Miao, J. Qian, L. Tao, J. Wang, L. Wang, B. Wissink, R.W.Y. Wong, Y. Wu, X. Yang, R. Yep, X. Zhang


1. Introduction to the Handbook on Urban Development in China: Urbanization with Chinese Characteristics
Ray Yep, Jun Wang and Thomas Johnson

2. Planning for Urban Visions: The Case of Shanghai 2040 Master Plan
Lan Wang

3. Land-based finance: how revenue concern drives urbanization
Yuyang Liu

4. China’s Hukou System at 60: Continuity and Reform
Kam Wing Chan

5. China’s Urban Housing: Past and Present
Pu Hao

6. Public Discussion, Political Support and Vision for Low-carbon Sustainable Cities in China: A Toolkit for Policy Makers, NGOs and the Public
Miao Bo and Graeme Lang

7. Re-imaging Beijing: The Making and Selling of a Post-Socialist Chinese Metropolis
Anne-Marie Broudehoux

8. Transformation of Chinese Cities and City-Regions in the Era of Globalization
Xu Zhang

9. Making urban public space amidst modern Chinese urbanism
Junxi Qian

10. Enclave urbanism in China: A relational comparative view
Bart Wissink

11. Gay and Lesbian Communities in Urban China
Howard Chiang

12. Geography of Chinese rock and roll: cultural, political and economic forces intertwined
Jun Wang and Li Chen

13. The Urban Middle Class
Tai-lok Lui and Shuo Liu
14. Urban Villages in China: Historical and Institutional Perspectives
Jing Li and Li Tao

15. Gated villages: community governance and social order in China’s urban villages
Karita Kan and Rebecca W.Y. Wong

16. Informal Migrant Settlements and Urban Grassroots Stability
Edmund W. Cheng

17. Transferring Land Developmental Rights across the Urban-Rural Divide: Common Practice and the Chongqing Exception
Ray Yep

18. The Transformation of Identification and Community Sense of New Urbanites in “Village-turned-Community”
Ying Wu
19. Seeking Solutions: How Local Governments Handle Collective Labour Disputes
Xuehui Yang and Feng Chen

20. Environmental Protest in Urban China
Thomas Johnson

21. Urban social assistance in China: Reflecting changing urban development?
Daniel R. Hammond

22. “Urban Neighborhood Communities” (Shequ) as new institutions of urban governance
Thomas Heberer

23. Interests and Political Participation in Urban China: The Case of Residents’ Committee Elections
Bing Guan and Yongshun Cai

24. Neighborhood Governance through Community Social Work
Mun Young Cho


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