Urban Spaces in Contemporary China: The Potential for Autonomy and Community in Post-Mao China / Edition 1

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Overview

The post-Mao urban reforms of the past decade have physically and psychologically transformed China's cities. Urban Spaces in Contemporary China explores how the character of city life changed after political and economic restructuring intensified in 1984, and how this change affected the creation of new physical, economic, and cultural spaces in urban China. The book focuses on the impact of increased commercialization and reduced state power on associations, economics, government, and creativity in urban areas. The authors draw from a wide range of backgrounds, including anthropology, economics, comparative literature, art history, law, political science, and sociology, and all have lived and worked in a Chinese city for an extended time in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Each brings personal insights to dimensions of Chinese urban life that are often misunderstood: China's large "floating populations," avant-garde art, labor movements, and leisure.
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"...the diversity of subjects and approaches make this book an informative and interesting read....It contributes to the literature on the state-society divide in Deng Xiaoping's China by providing detailed discussions on various subjects. Readers of this volume, regardless of their interests, will not be disappointed, and, like conference attendees, will certainly find fascinating material in at least some of the offerings here. For those who are concerned with the process of China's socialist transformation, this will be a welcome addition to their libraries. I am grateful to retain my to retain my review copy." Reginald Yin-Wang Kwok, China Review International
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521479431
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 449
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Urban China 1
Pt. I Urban Space
Introduction 23
2 Urban transformation in post-Mao China: impacts of the reform era on China's urban form 28
3 Cities in the Chinese economic system: changing roles and conditions for autonomy 61
4 State sprawl: the regulatory state and social life in a small Chinese city 90
5 The floating population in the cities: chances for assimilation? 113
Pt. II Urban Culture and Identities
Introduction 143
6 The politics of private time: changing leisure patterns in urban China 149
7 China's artists between plan and market 173
8 Velvet prisons and the political economy of Chinese filmmaking 193
9 The avant-garde's challenge to official art 221
10 The disintegration of the poetic "Berlin Wall" 279
Pt. III Urban Associations
Introduction 297
11 Labor's battle for political space: the role of worker associations in contemporary China 302
12 Dissident and liberal legal scholars and organizations in Beijing and the Chinese state in the 1980s 326
13 Urban spaces and experiences of qigong 347
14 Student associations and mass movements 362
15 Conclusion: Historical perspectives 394
List of editors and contributors 427
Index 429
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