Urban China in Transition / Edition 1

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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 the Studies 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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“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.” (CHOICE, February 2009)

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405161466
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/22/2008
  • Series: Studies in Urban and Social Change Series , #13
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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