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Article: Contested Territory: the Evolving Spatial Geographies of Jian Sha Zhou Village

TitleContested Territory: the Evolving Spatial Geographies of Jian Sha Zhou Village
Authors
KeywordsRural urbanization
Spatial geographies
Contested land
Periphery
Dongguan, southern China
Issue Date2013
PublisherUCLA Department of Urban Planning. The Journal's web site is located at http://luskin.ucla.edu/node/5023/critical-planning
Citation
Critical Planning: a journal of the UCLA Urban Planning Department, 2013, v. 20, p. 97-116 How to Cite?
AbstractChina’s urbanization of rural areas has allowed many people to be elevated out of rural poverty and to have alternatives to farming for their livelihood, yet political corruption, economic polarization, land fragmentation, and disputes over land rights are escalating. These themes are evident in Jian Sha Zhou, a village on the periphery of Dongguan in southern China. Jian Sha Zhou exemplifies both the robust adaptability of villages that have transformed from simple agricultural units into a variety of settlements, as well as the intrinsic problems that result from urbanization. This article explores the evolving spatial geographies of the village and the competing and contradictory forces acting upon it. It specifically addresses the way in which contestation of land rights has resulted in development stasis. Unlike the village uprising—and the government’s reaction to it—in Wukan, in Guangdong Province, which became the focus of national and international media, most contested issues remain at a local level and go unreported. The land dispute in Jian Sha Zhou is archetypal of the increasing problems associated with the urbanization of rural land. As such, it provides insights about the future development of the sites that exist across China’s rural–urban fringe.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/202426

 

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dc.contributor.authorBolchover, JPen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-19T07:49:25Z-
dc.date.available2014-09-19T07:49:25Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.citationCritical Planning: a journal of the UCLA Urban Planning Department, 2013, v. 20, p. 97-116en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/202426-
dc.description.abstractChina’s urbanization of rural areas has allowed many people to be elevated out of rural poverty and to have alternatives to farming for their livelihood, yet political corruption, economic polarization, land fragmentation, and disputes over land rights are escalating. These themes are evident in Jian Sha Zhou, a village on the periphery of Dongguan in southern China. Jian Sha Zhou exemplifies both the robust adaptability of villages that have transformed from simple agricultural units into a variety of settlements, as well as the intrinsic problems that result from urbanization. This article explores the evolving spatial geographies of the village and the competing and contradictory forces acting upon it. It specifically addresses the way in which contestation of land rights has resulted in development stasis. Unlike the village uprising—and the government’s reaction to it—in Wukan, in Guangdong Province, which became the focus of national and international media, most contested issues remain at a local level and go unreported. The land dispute in Jian Sha Zhou is archetypal of the increasing problems associated with the urbanization of rural land. As such, it provides insights about the future development of the sites that exist across China’s rural–urban fringe.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherUCLA Department of Urban Planning. The Journal's web site is located at http://luskin.ucla.edu/node/5023/critical-planning-
dc.relation.ispartofCritical Planning: a journal of the UCLA Urban Planning Departmenten_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectRural urbanization-
dc.subjectSpatial geographies-
dc.subjectContested land-
dc.subjectPeriphery-
dc.subjectDongguan, southern China-
dc.titleContested Territory: the Evolving Spatial Geographies of Jian Sha Zhou Villageen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailBolchover, JP: jpbarch@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityBolchover, JP=rp01304en_US
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dc.identifier.hkuros236914en_US
dc.identifier.volume20en_US
dc.identifier.spage97-
dc.identifier.epage116-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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