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China's Urban Billion The Story Behind the Biggest Migration in Human History

ISBN-10: 1780321414
ISBN-13: 9781780321417
Edition: 2012
Authors: Tom Miller
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Description: Will China's cities be paved with gold or pockmarked with slums?In 2012 China will hit a development milestone: For the first time, half of the country's 1.3 billion citizens will live in urban areas. An additional 350 million future city dwellers  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Zed Books, Limited
Publication date: 11/22/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Will China's cities be paved with gold or pockmarked with slums?In 2012 China will hit a development milestone: For the first time, half of the country's 1.3 billion citizens will live in urban areas. An additional 350 million future city dwellers are still completing the journey from farm to city, showcasing the story of China's economic transformation over the past 30 years. The vast changes necessary to stage this large-scale rural-to-urban migration dictate many personal destinies but also decide the future of China's model of growth. Combining on-the-ground reportage and up-to-date research, this pivotal book is the first to provide a full and colourful account of all economic and social issues raised by urbanization, and suggests how they may be resolved. How China urbanizes, and how this is financed, will decide whether Chinas' current economic model continues, stalls, or fails. Arguing that China's urbanization process is at a critical stage, this extraordinary book presents multiple case studies from existing megacities like Beijing to future ones like Wuhan and Chongqing as well as gripping and insightful interviews.

Introduction: The Biggest Migration in Human History
By the Sweat of Their Brow: The people who built urban China
Passport to Purgatory: Fixing the hukou system
Farm vs Factory: The battle over land
The Construction Orgy: Paving the fields
Ghost Towns in the Desert: How China builds its cities
Conclusion: Civilizing the Cities

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