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Article: Informality and the development and demolition of urban villages in the Chinese peri-urban area

TitleInformality and the development and demolition of urban villages in the Chinese peri-urban area
Authors
Issue Date2013
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.. The Journal's web site is located at http://usj.sagepub.com/
Citation
Urban Studies, 2013, v. 50 n. 10, p. 1919-1934 How to Cite?
AbstractThe fate of Chinese urban villages (chengzhongcun) has recently attracted both research and policy attention. Two important unaddressed questions are: what are the sources of informality in otherwise orderly Chinese cities; and, will village redevelopment policy eliminate informality in the Chinese city? Reflecting on the long-established study of informal settlements and recent research on informality, it is argued that the informality in China has been created by the dual urban–rural land market and land management system and by an underprovision of migrant housing. The redevelopment of chengzhongcun is an attempt to eliminate this informality and to create more governable spaces through formal land development; but since it fails to tackle the root demand for unregulated living and working space, village redevelopment only leads to the replication of informality in more remote rural villages, in other urban neighbourhoods and, to some extent, in the redeveloped neighbourhoods.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/184045
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dc.contributor.authorWu, Fen_US
dc.contributor.authorZhang, Fen_US
dc.contributor.authorWebster, CJen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-20T08:27:35Z-
dc.date.available2013-06-20T08:27:35Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.citationUrban Studies, 2013, v. 50 n. 10, p. 1919-1934en_US
dc.identifier.issn0042-0980en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/184045-
dc.description.abstractThe fate of Chinese urban villages (chengzhongcun) has recently attracted both research and policy attention. Two important unaddressed questions are: what are the sources of informality in otherwise orderly Chinese cities; and, will village redevelopment policy eliminate informality in the Chinese city? Reflecting on the long-established study of informal settlements and recent research on informality, it is argued that the informality in China has been created by the dual urban–rural land market and land management system and by an underprovision of migrant housing. The redevelopment of chengzhongcun is an attempt to eliminate this informality and to create more governable spaces through formal land development; but since it fails to tackle the root demand for unregulated living and working space, village redevelopment only leads to the replication of informality in more remote rural villages, in other urban neighbourhoods and, to some extent, in the redeveloped neighbourhoods.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSage Publications Ltd.. The Journal's web site is located at http://usj.sagepub.com/en_US
dc.relation.ispartofUrban Studiesen_US
dc.titleInformality and the development and demolition of urban villages in the Chinese peri-urban areaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailWebster, CJ: cwebster@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityWebster, CJ=rp01747en_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0042098012466600-
dc.identifier.spage1919-
dc.identifier.epage1934-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000321307600001-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US

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