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Urban China in Transition. Studies in Urban and Social Change

  • ID: 2247590
  • Book
  • Region: China
  • 378 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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China is rapidly becoming a world power. No longer a developing country, China’s cities are undergoing transformations of historic proportions. This book, in theStudies in Urban and Social Change series, evaluates these multi–dimensional changes. With input from professionals in a variety of fields, including Sociology, Geography, Economics, Demography, Planning, Architecture, and Anthropology,Urban China in Transition analyzes Chinese trends in diverse topics including:
  • Migration
  • Crime
  • Gated Communities
  • Neighborhood Associations
  • Suburbanization
  • Women’s status

Chapters are co–authored by experts on urban Chinese life together with others whose expertise is on the particular topic. Comparisons to urban areas in the United States, Eastern Europe, Asia, and South America pose thoughtful questions about the possible trajectory of Chinese urban development, while underscoring its uniqueness. The result is a broad theoretical and historical perspective that sharply focuses the Chinese experience through alternative prisms, thus enriching theoretical discussion and debate.

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Notes on the Contributors viii

Series Editors’ Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xiv

Introduction: Urban China in Comparative Perspective 1John R. Logan and Susan S. Fainstein

Part I: Market Transition in Work Units and the Labor Market 25

1 Two Decades of Reform: The Changing Organization Dynamics of Chinese Industrial Firms 27Shahid Yusuf and Kaoru Nabeshima

2 The Myth of the “New Urban Poverty”? Trends in Urban Poverty in China, 1988–2002 48Simon Appleton and Lina Song

3 Class Structure and Class Inequality in Urban China and Russia: Effects of Institutional Change or Economic Performance? 66Yanjie Bian and Theodore P. Gerber

4 Gender and the Labor Market in China and Poland 89C. Cindy Fan and Joanna Regulska

Part II: Changing Places 113

5 Urbanization, Institutional Change, and Sociospatial Inequality in China, 1990–2001 115Michael J. White, Fulong Wu, and Yiu Por (Vincent) Chen

6 Growth on the Edge: The New Chinese Metropolis 140Yixing Zhou and John R. Logan

7 Mirrored Reflections: Place Identity Formation in Taipei and Shanghai 161Jennifer Rudolph and Hanchao Lu

8 Is Gating Always Exclusionary? A Comparative Analysis of Gated Communities in American and Chinese Cities 182Youqin Huang and Setha M. Low

Part III: Impacts of Migration 203

9 Urbanization in China in the 1990s: Patterns and Regional Variations 205Zai Liang, Hy Van Luong, and Yiu Por (Vincent) Chen

10 Trapped in Neglected Corners of a Booming Metropolis: Residential Patterns and Marginalization of Migrant  Workers in Guangzhou 226Min Zhou and Guoxuan Cai

11 Migration and Housing: Comparing China with the United States 250Weiping Wu and Emily Rosenbaum

Part IV: Social Control in the New Chinese City 269

12 Economic Reform and Crime in Contemporary Urban China: Paradoxes of a Planned Transition 271Steven F. Messner, Jianhong Liu, and Susanne Karstedt

13 Migration, Urbanization, and the Spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Empirical and Theoretical Observations in China and Indonesia 294Christopher J. Smith and Graeme Hugo

14 The State’s Evolving Relationship with Urban Society: China’s Neighborhood Organizations in Comparative Perspective 315Benjamin L. Read and Chun–Ming Chen

Subject index 336

Author index 355

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These essays on recent Chinese urban developments––particularly trends in migration, labor economics, housing, economic and sociospatial inequality, and governance––offer macro and micro perspectives through analysis of nationwide patterns or developments in specific cities, thus capturing the regional diversity and types of cities in China. Editor Logan is careful not to present the Chinese instance as exceptional, but to situate it within a wider context through comparative analysis. He pairs up scholars from different disciplines and areas for each essay in order to set up comparison between Chinese urban developments and those in the US, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Logan asked the contributors to view their data through four theoretical lenses: modernization (Simon Kuznet′s model), dependency/world system, developmental state, and market transition. By doing so, contributors discover meaningful differences that reveal trends unique to the Chinese context. On the whole, this collection offers undergraduates an accessible introduction to contemporary urban developments in China and to a wide range of qualitative and quantitative analyses commonly used in the social sciences.
Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic levels/libraries. ––L. Teh, University of Chicago (Choice, February 2009)
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