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China's Urban Billon (13 Edition)by Tom Miller
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By 2030, China's cities will be home to 1 billion people one in every eight people on earth. What kind of lives will China's urban billion lead? And what will China's cities be like?
Over the past thirty years, China's urban population expanded by 500 million people, and is on track to swell by a further 300 million by 2030. Hundreds of millions of these new urban residents are rural migrants, who lead second-class lives without access to urban benefits. Even those lucky citizens who live in modern tower blocks must put up with clogged roads, polluted skies and cityscapes of unremitting ugliness. The rapid expansion of urban China is astonishing, but new policies are urgently needed to create healthier cities.
Combining on-the-ground reportage and up-to-date research, this pivotal book explains why China has failed to reap many of the economic and social benefits of urbanization, and suggests how these problems can be resolved. If its leaders get urbanization right, China will surpass the United States and cement its position as the world's largest economy. But if they get it wrong, China could spend the next twenty years languishing in middle-income torpor, its cities pockmarked by giant slums.
In 2012 for the first time half of China's 1.3 billion citizens will live in conurbations. An additional 350 million future city dwellers are still completing the journey from farm to city. China's urbanization, and how this is financed, will decide whether Chinas' current economic model continues, stalls, or fails.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. Combining on-the-ground reportage and up-to-date research, China's Urban Billion is first in providing a full, colorful account of all economic and social issues raised by urbanization. Part of Zed Books' Asian Arguments series this book also offers suggestions for how they may be resolved.
About the Author
Tom Miller is managing editor of the China Economic Quarterly, published by research company GK Dragonomics, and a former Beijing correspondent of the South China Morning Post. Tom has a degree in English from Oxford and an MA in Chinese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. After teaching for a year at Shanghai University, he studied Chinese at Beijing Language and Culture University and at China's Central Academy of Drama. Resident in China for more than a decade, Tom lives in Beijing with his wife and two children. This is his first book.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Biggest Migration in Human History
Chapter 1. By the Sweat of Their Brow: The people who built urban China
Chapter 2. Passport to Purgatory: Fixing the hukou system
Chapter 3. Farm vs Factory: The battle over land
Chapter 4. The Construction Orgy: Paving the fields
Chapter 5. Ghost Towns in the Desert: How China builds its cities
Chapter 6. A Billion Wallets: What China's new urbanites will and won't buy
Conclusion: Civilizing the Cities
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