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Though China's urban history reaches back over five thousand years, it is only in the last quarter century that urbanization has emerged as a force of widespread social transformation while a massive population shift from country to city has brought about a dramatic revolution in China's culture, politics, and economy.  Employing a historical perspective, John Friedmann presents a succinct, readable account and interpretation of how this transition - one of the most momentous phenomena in contemporary history - has occurred.
 
China's Urban Transition synthesizes a broad array of research to provide the first integrated treatment of the many processes that encompass the multi-layered meaning of urbanization: regional policy, the upsurge of rural industries, migration, expanding spheres of personal autonomy, and the governance of city building.  John Friedmann's detailed analysis suggests that the nation's economic development has been driven more by social forces from within than by global capital.  This leads directly to the epic story of rural migration to major urban regions, the policies used to restrain and direct this "avalanche" of humanity on the move, and the return of many migrants to their home communities, where the process of urbanization continues.  Focusing on everyday life in cities, he also shows how this social transformation extends to the most intimate spheres of people's lives.  In conclusion, the author raises the question of a "sustainable" urban development and its relation with China's own past, values, and institutions.
 
Friedmann predicts that within ten years China - already the most powerful country in East Asia - will have become a major power in the world.  With historical depth, interpretive insight, and interdisciplinary breadth, this book offers an unparalleled introduction to China's transformation.

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Though China's urban history reaches back over five thousand years, it is only in the last quarter century that urbanization has emerged as a force of widespread social transformation while a massive population shift from country to city has brought about a dramatic revolution in China's culture, politics, and economy. Employing a historical perspective, John Friedmann presents a succinct, readable account and interpretation of how this transition - one of the most momentous phenomena in contemporary history - has occurred. China's Urban Transition synthesizes a broad array of research to provide the first integrated treatment of the many processes that encompass the multi-layered meaning of urbanization: regional policy, the upsurge of rural industries, migration, expanding spheres of personal autonomy, and the governance of city building. John Friedmann's detailed analysis suggests that the nation's economic development has been driven more by social forces from within than by global capital. This leads directly to the epic story of rural migration to major urban regions, the policies used to restrain and direct this "avalanche" of humanity on the move, and the return of many migrants to their home communities, where the process of urbanization continues. Focusing on everyday life in cities, he also shows how this social transformation extends to the most intimate spheres of people's lives. In conclusion, the author raises the question of a "sustainable" urban development and its relation with China's own past, values, and institutions. Friedmann predicts that within ten years China - already the most powerful country in East Asia - will have become a major power in the world. With historical depth, interpretive insight, and interdisciplinary breadth, this book offers an unparalleled introduction to China's transformation.

Synopsis:

A timely and thorough analysis of the rapid urban growth in China.

Synopsis:

China has built hundreds of new cities and urban districts over the past 30 years, and hundreds more are set to be built by 2030. Between now and then, 250 million more rural Chinese will move into cities, bringing the country's urban population up over one billion, as the central government kicks its urbanization initiative into overdrive. The traditional social structures are at an advanced stage of being torn apart, and a rootless, semi-displaced, consumption centric "globalized" culture is rapidly taking its place.

As China redraws its map with new cities it isn't just manufacturing new urban areas but are engineering new culture and way of life. Ghost Cities of China is a dialogue driven, on-location search for an understanding of China's new cities and the reasons why many are currently under populated.

Synopsis:

Over the next couple of decades, it is estimated that 250 million Chinese citizens will move from rural areas into cities, pushing the countrys urban population over one billion. China has built hundreds of new cities and urban districts over the past thirty years, and hundreds more are set to be built by 2030 as the central government kicks its urbanization initiative into overdrive. As China redraws its map with new cities, it isn't just creating new urban areas, but also engineering a new culture and way of life. Yet, many of these new cities, such as the infamous Kangbashi and Yujiapu, stand nearly empty, construction having ground to a halt due to the loss of investors and colossal debt.

In Ghost Cities of China, Wade Shepard examines this phenomenon up close. He posits that the shedding of traditional social structures in the country is at an advanced stage, and a rootless, consumption-centric globalized culture is rapidly taking its place. Incorporating interviews and on-the-ground investigation, Ghost Cities of China examines Chinas under-populated modern cities and the countrys overly ambitious building program.

About the Author

John Friedmann is professor emeritus in the School of Public Policy and Social Research at the University of California, Los Angeles, and honorary professor in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of many distinguished works, most recently The Prospect of Cities (Minnesota, 2002).

Table of Contents

Contents Preface Introduction: Becoming Urban in China 1. Historical Traces 2. Regional Policies 3. Urbanization of the Countryside 4. New Spatial Mobilities 5. Expanding Spaces of Personal Autonomy 6. The Governance of City-Building Conclusion: Backward into the Future Notes References Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816646159
Author:
Friedmann, John
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Author:
Friedmann, John
Author:
Shepard, Wade
Subject:
Local government
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Civil society
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
China - Economic conditions - 2000-
Subject:
Local government -- China.
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies
Subject:
China
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Zed Books - Asian Arguments
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 halftones, 3 figures, 5 maps
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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History and Social Science » Asia » China » Peoples Republic 1949 to Present
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Urban Studies » General
History and Social Science » World History » China

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"Synopsis" by ,
Though China's urban history reaches back over five thousand years, it is only in the last quarter century that urbanization has emerged as a force of widespread social transformation while a massive population shift from country to city has brought about a dramatic revolution in China's culture, politics, and economy. Employing a historical perspective, John Friedmann presents a succinct, readable account and interpretation of how this transition - one of the most momentous phenomena in contemporary history - has occurred. China's Urban Transition synthesizes a broad array of research to provide the first integrated treatment of the many processes that encompass the multi-layered meaning of urbanization: regional policy, the upsurge of rural industries, migration, expanding spheres of personal autonomy, and the governance of city building. John Friedmann's detailed analysis suggests that the nation's economic development has been driven more by social forces from within than by global capital. This leads directly to the epic story of rural migration to major urban regions, the policies used to restrain and direct this "avalanche" of humanity on the move, and the return of many migrants to their home communities, where the process of urbanization continues. Focusing on everyday life in cities, he also shows how this social transformation extends to the most intimate spheres of people's lives. In conclusion, the author raises the question of a "sustainable" urban development and its relation with China's own past, values, and institutions. Friedmann predicts that within ten years China - already the most powerful country in East Asia - will have become a major power in the world. With historical depth, interpretive insight, and interdisciplinary breadth, this book offers an unparalleled introduction to China's transformation.
"Synopsis" by ,
A timely and thorough analysis of the rapid urban growth in China.
"Synopsis" by ,

China has built hundreds of new cities and urban districts over the past 30 years, and hundreds more are set to be built by 2030. Between now and then, 250 million more rural Chinese will move into cities, bringing the country's urban population up over one billion, as the central government kicks its urbanization initiative into overdrive. The traditional social structures are at an advanced stage of being torn apart, and a rootless, semi-displaced, consumption centric "globalized" culture is rapidly taking its place.

As China redraws its map with new cities it isn't just manufacturing new urban areas but are engineering new culture and way of life. Ghost Cities of China is a dialogue driven, on-location search for an understanding of China's new cities and the reasons why many are currently under populated.

"Synopsis" by ,
Over the next couple of decades, it is estimated that 250 million Chinese citizens will move from rural areas into cities, pushing the countrys urban population over one billion. China has built hundreds of new cities and urban districts over the past thirty years, and hundreds more are set to be built by 2030 as the central government kicks its urbanization initiative into overdrive. As China redraws its map with new cities, it isn't just creating new urban areas, but also engineering a new culture and way of life. Yet, many of these new cities, such as the infamous Kangbashi and Yujiapu, stand nearly empty, construction having ground to a halt due to the loss of investors and colossal debt.

In Ghost Cities of China, Wade Shepard examines this phenomenon up close. He posits that the shedding of traditional social structures in the country is at an advanced stage, and a rootless, consumption-centric globalized culture is rapidly taking its place. Incorporating interviews and on-the-ground investigation, Ghost Cities of China examines Chinas under-populated modern cities and the countrys overly ambitious building program.

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