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Chinese City

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ISBN-10: 0415575753

ISBN-13: 9780415575751

Edition: 2013

Authors: Weiping Wu, Piper Gaubatz

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Today’s urban China is a fascinating topic of study. Notwithstanding the fact that cities remain the focus of the world’s attention, China’s rapid rise in economic power has attracted unmatched interest. While its historical roots date back to about 2000 BC, urbanization is really just taking off. Yet China’s cities have lived through feudal dynasties, semi-colonialism, and state socialism. Today, they display unprecedented dynamism under market transition and globalizing forces. Studying urban China is important and exciting because it not only offers lenses into the character and complexity of the changing city, but also allows for a better understanding of the Chinese economy, society, and environment. This book is anchored in the spatial sciences, including geography, urban studies, urban planning, and environmental studies. It offers a comprehensive survey of the evolving urban landscape, covering such topics as history and patterns of urbanization, spatial and regional context, models of urban form, social-spatial transformation, economic restructuring, urbanism and cultural dynamics, housing and land development, environmental issues, and challenges of urban governance. It also shows how the character and complexity of the Chinese city both conform to and defy conventional urban theories and the experiences of cities elsewhere around the world. Illustrated case studies in each chapter ground the discussion and introduce readers to the diversity of cities and urban life in China.Intended for a wide audience in higher education and beyond, this book offers a basic understanding of China’s urbanization and cities that is grounded in history and geography. Most chapters also are rooted in context and can be used as stand-alone course materials, with suggested references for further reading. Drawing on years of research experience and keen observations of the triumphs and problems in China’s cities, the authors uncover urban dynamism and complexity amid dramatic changes in the Chinese economy and society. They also explore the consequences of current development paths and emerging technologies on urban economies, the people, and the environment.
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Book details

List price: $79.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

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History and context
Contemporary forces
Understanding China's urbanization
Using this book
History and context
Geographical setting
The physical environment
Economic base
Population and peoples
The historical urban system
Thinking about the historical Chinese urban system
How many Chinese cities were there? How large were they?
The early traditional period (206 BC-AD 589)
China's "medieval urban revolution" (589-1368)
Cities of the late imperial period (1368-1911)
Foreign empires expand into China: Treaty Port cities (1911-1949)
Traditional urban forms
Urban plan and layout
Monumental structures
Neighborhoods and markets in traditional Chinese cities
Treaty Port (1842-1949) and Republican (1911-1949) eras
The urban system since 1949
How big are China's cities? How many cities are there?
Shifting urban development in the Maoist period (1949-1979)
The urban system during the reform era
The Chinese urban system today
Urban-rural divide, socialist institutions, and migration
Urban-rural divide and its roots
Population mobility and migration
Migrants in the city
Cities in the global economy
Toward an open economy
Becoming "factory of the world"
Moving toward knowledge-based and consumer economies
Urban development
Urban restructuring and economic transformation
Revamping the urban economic landscape
Harnessing human resources
Redistributing economic growth
Social-spatial transformation
Changing urban forms
Work and accessibility
Spatial reconfiguration and expansion
Urban infrastructure
The state of urban infrastructure
Financing urban infrastructure
Urban land and housing
Legacies of state socialism
Transition into land leasehold
Housing reforms and implications
Urban life
Environmental quality and sustainability
State of the urban environment
Strategies for environmental sustainability
Environmental management
Lifestyle and social change
Shopping and consumerism: changing landscapes and lifestyles
Public spaces and entertainment
Growing old in urban China
Crime and urban neighborhoods
Communities of difference: sexual preference, ethnicity, and art
Urban governance and civil society
Reorganization of the state
Developmental state in the making
Evolving state-society relations
Conclusion: looking toward the future
Future urbanization
Challenges for China's cities
Implications for the world