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Article: Urban China in transformation: Hybrid economy, juxtaposed space, and new testing ground for geographical enquiries

TitleUrban China in transformation: Hybrid economy, juxtaposed space, and new testing ground for geographical enquiries
Authors
KeywordsChina
Chinese cities
political economy
urban geography
urbanization
Issue Date2011
PublisherScience Press & Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
Citation
Chinese Geographical Science, 2011, v. 21 n. 1, p. 1-16 How to Cite?
AbstractHistory has brought us into a significant moment when the majority of the human kind has taken up residence in urban settlements. The focus of global urbanization has shifted to the developing world and the center of manufacturing is no longer confined to the Global North. This paper provides a periodical assessment of the current status of China's urban transformation in the global context of a shifting emphasis of industrialization and urbanization. China's phenomenal urban transformation deserves a special attention not only because of its unparalleled scale and speed but also because of its distinct trajectory of growth that does not conform to normal theoretical expectations. The results of assessment revealed an urban economy with remarkable hybridity, a society that is increasingly stratified, polarized, and segregated, and a juxtaposed urban space undergoing restless and pervasive transformation. A decentering world should entail a decentering knowledge production. A critical reflection upon the Chinese patterns and processes of urban transformation has identified 4 main issues with great potentials for innovative knowledge production, namely: 1) privatization and economic development; 2) state, society, and space; 3) urbanization of capital, labor, and land; and 4) the environment and Chinese political ecology. The paper closes with the remark that a rapidly transforming urban China has presented itself as a fertile and resourceful testing ground for critical and innovative geographic enquiries. © 2011 Science Press, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agricultural Ecology, CAS and Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/142550
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 1.145
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.454
ISI Accession Number ID
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, ChinGRF HKU-747509H
Mrs. Li Ka Shing Fund for Contemporary China Studies Strategic Research ThemeHKU-20388025
University of Hong KongHKU-10400706
Funding Information:

Under the auspices of the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (No. GRF HKU-747509H), Mrs. Li Ka Shing Fund for Contemporary China Studies Strategic Research Theme (No. HKU-20388025), the Small Project Funding of the University of Hong Kong (No. HKU-10400706)

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dc.date.issued2011en_HK
dc.identifier.citationChinese Geographical Science, 2011, v. 21 n. 1, p. 1-16en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1002-0063en_HK
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dc.description.abstractHistory has brought us into a significant moment when the majority of the human kind has taken up residence in urban settlements. The focus of global urbanization has shifted to the developing world and the center of manufacturing is no longer confined to the Global North. This paper provides a periodical assessment of the current status of China's urban transformation in the global context of a shifting emphasis of industrialization and urbanization. China's phenomenal urban transformation deserves a special attention not only because of its unparalleled scale and speed but also because of its distinct trajectory of growth that does not conform to normal theoretical expectations. The results of assessment revealed an urban economy with remarkable hybridity, a society that is increasingly stratified, polarized, and segregated, and a juxtaposed urban space undergoing restless and pervasive transformation. A decentering world should entail a decentering knowledge production. A critical reflection upon the Chinese patterns and processes of urban transformation has identified 4 main issues with great potentials for innovative knowledge production, namely: 1) privatization and economic development; 2) state, society, and space; 3) urbanization of capital, labor, and land; and 4) the environment and Chinese political ecology. The paper closes with the remark that a rapidly transforming urban China has presented itself as a fertile and resourceful testing ground for critical and innovative geographic enquiries. © 2011 Science Press, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agricultural Ecology, CAS and Springer Berlin Heidelberg.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherScience Press & Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.en_US
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dc.subjectChinaen_HK
dc.subjectChinese citiesen_HK
dc.subjectpolitical economyen_HK
dc.subjecturban geographyen_HK
dc.subjecturbanizationen_HK
dc.titleUrban China in transformation: Hybrid economy, juxtaposed space, and new testing ground for geographical enquiriesen_HK
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