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Creating Chinese Urbanism

Urban revolution and governance changes

Fulong Wu

ISBN: 9781800083332

Publication: November 01, 2022

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Creating Chinese Urbanism describes the landscape of urbanisation in China, revealing the profound impacts of marketisation on Chinese society and the consequential governance changes at the grassroots level.

During the imperial and socialist periods, state and society were embedded. However, as China has been becoming urban, the territorial foundation of ‘earth-bound’ society has been dismantled. This metaphorically started an urban revolution, which has transformed the social order derived from the ‘state in society’. The state has thus become more visible in Chinese urban life.

Besides witnessing the breaking down of socially integrated neighbourhoods, Fulong Wu explains the urban roots of a rising state in China. Instead of governing through autonomous stakeholders, state-sponsored strategic intentions remain. In the urban realm, the desire for greater residential privacy does not foster collectivism. State-led rebuilding of residential communities has sped up the demise of traditionalism and given birth to a new China with greater urbanism and state-centred governance.

Taking the vantage point of concrete residential neighbourhoods, Creating Chinese Urbanism offers a cutting-edge analysis of how China is becoming urban and grounds the changing state governance in the process of urbanization. Its original and material interpretation of the changing role of the state in China makes it suitable reading for researchers and students in the fields of urban studies, geography, planning and the built environment.


Fulong Wu is Bartlett Professor of Planning at UCL.

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgements
Preface

Introduction: leaving the soil

1 Changing residential landscape: a new urban social geography

2 The end of (neo-)traditionalism

3 Transient space with a new moral order

4 Residential enclosure without private governance

5 Rethinking urban China in an urban debate

Conclusion: a visible state emerging from urban revolution

References
Index

Format: Open Access PDF

299 Pages

71 colour illustrations

Copyright: © 2022

ISBN: 9781800083332

Publication: November 01, 2022

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