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

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

by Deborah S. Davis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521474108

ISBN-13: 9780521474108

Pub. Date: 02/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521474108
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Series:
Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction: Urban China1
Pt. IUrban Space
Introduction23
2Urban transformation in post-Mao China: impacts of the reform era on China's urban form28
3Cities in the Chinese economic system: changing roles and conditions for autonomy61
4State sprawl: the regulatory state and social life in a small Chinese city90
5The floating population in the cities: chances for assimilation?113
Pt. IIUrban Culture and Identities
Introduction143
6The politics of private time: changing leisure patterns in urban China149
7China's artists between plan and market173
8Velvet prisons and the political economy of Chinese filmmaking193
9The avant-garde's challenge to official art221
10The disintegration of the poetic "Berlin Wall"279
Pt. IIIUrban Associations
Introduction297
11Labor's battle for political space: the role of worker associations in contemporary China302
12Dissident and liberal legal scholars and organizations in Beijing and the Chinese state in the 1980s326
13Urban spaces and experiences of qigong347
14Student associations and mass movements362
15Conclusion: Historical perspectives394
List of editors and contributors427
Index429

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