Learning From Shenzhen: China?s Post-mao Experiment From Special Zone To Model City

Hardcover | February 7, 2017

EditorMary Ann O'donnell, Winnie Wong, Jonathan Bach

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This multidisciplinary volume, the first of its kind, presents an account of China’s contemporary transformation via one of its most important yet overlooked cities: Shenzhen, located just north of Hong Kong. In recent decades, Shenzhen has transformed from an experimental site for economic reform into a dominant city at the crossroads of the global economy. The first of China’s special economic zones, Shenzhen is today a UNESCO City of Design and the hub of China’s emerging technology industries.

Bringing China studies into dialogue with urban studies, the contributors explore how the post-Mao Chinese appropriation of capitalist logic led to a dramatic remodeling of the Chinese city and collective life in China today. These essays show how urban villages and informal institutions enabled social transformation through cases of public health, labor, architecture, gender, politics, education, and more. Offering scholars and general readers alike an unprecedented look at one of the world’s most dynamic metropolises, this collective history uses the urban case study to explore critical problems and possibilities relevant for modern-day China and beyond.

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This multidisciplinary volume, the first of its kind, presents an account of China’s contemporary transformation via one of its most important yet overlooked cities: Shenzhen, located just north of Hong Kong. In recent decades, Shenzhen has transformed from an experimental site for economic reform into a dominant city at the crossroads...

Mary Ann O’Donnell is an independent artist-ethnographer and cofounder of the Handshake 302 Art Space in Shenzhen. Winnie Won Yin Wong is assistant professor of rhetoric and history of art at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Van Gogh on Demand: China and the Readymade, also published by the University of Chi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:February 7, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

     Foreword
     Ezra F. Vogel
Introduction: Learning from Shenzhen: Experiments, Exceptions, and Extensions
     Mary Ann O’Donnell, Winnie Wong, and Jonathan Bach

Part 1 Experiments (1979–92)
1 Shenzhen: From Exception to Rule
     Jonathan Bach
2 Heroes of the Special Zone: Modeling Reform and Its Limits
     Mary Ann O’Donnell
3 The Tripartite Origins of Shenzhen: Beijing, Hong Kong, and Bao’an
     Weiwen Huang
4 How to Be a Shenzhener: Representations of Migrant Labor in Shenzhen’s Second Decade
     Eric Florence

Part 2 Exceptions (1992–2004)
5 Laying Siege to the Villages: The Vernacular Geography of Shenzhen
     Mary Ann O’Donnell
6 The Political Architecture of the First and Second Lines
     Emma Xin Ma and Adrian Blackwell
7 “They Come in Peasants and Leave Citizens”: Urban Villages and the Making of Shenzhen
     Jonathan Bach
8 Sex Work, Migration, and Mental Health in Shenzhen
     Willa Dong and Yu Cheng

Part 3 Extensions (2004–Present)
9 Shenzhen’s Model Bohemia and the Creative China Dream
     Winnie Wong
10 Preparedness and the Shenzhen Model of Public Health
     Katherine A. Mason
11 Simulating Global Mobility at Shenzhen “International” Airport
     Max Hirsh
Conclusion: Learning from Shenzhen
     Mary Ann O’Donnell, Winnie Wong, and Jonathan Bach

     Glossary
     Contributors
     Acknowledgments
     Index
 

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“Fluidly combining historical, ethnographic, geographic, humanities, and policy research approaches, this is much more than a study of the history and contemporary life of one city. Especially emphasizing the place of Shenzhen as model and anti-model in China’s marked turn toward urbanization, these essays sensitively explore the irreducible complexity of a Special Economic Zone turned futuristic urban exemplar. Clearly in conversation with each other, the contributors offer fresh theories and methods for engaging in critical scholarship on cities anywhere. This volume is a model of how to study the global contemporary moment with its burgeoning economic centers, mobile populations, and recurring crises.”