The Great Urban Transformation: Politics of Land and Property in China

Paperback | March 15, 2012

byYou-tien Hsing

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As China is transformed, relations between society, the state, and the city have become central. The Great Urban Transformation investigates what is happening in cities, the urban edges, and the rural fringe in order to explain these relations. In the inner city of major metropolitan centers,municipal governments battle high-ranking state agencies to secure land rents from redevelopment projects, while residents mobilize to assert property and residential rights. At the urban edge, as metropolitan governments seek to extend control over their rural hinterland through massive-scale development projects, villagers strategize to profit from the encroaching property market. At the rural fringe, township leaders become brokers of power and property between thestate bureaucracy and villages, while large numbers of peasants are dispossessed, dispersed, and deterritorialized, and their mobilizational capacity is consequently undermined. The Great Urban Transformation explores these issues, and provides an integrated analysis of the city and the countryside, elite politics and grassroots activism, legal-economic and socio-political issues of property rights, and the role of the state and the market in the property market.

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As China is transformed, relations between society, the state, and the city have become central. The Great Urban Transformation investigates what is happening in cities, the urban edges, and the rural fringe in order to explain these relations. In the inner city of major metropolitan centers,municipal governments battle high-ranking st...

You-tien Hsing is Associate Professor of Geography at University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of Making Capitalism in China: The Taiwan Connection (1998, Oxford University Press) and co-editor (with Ching Kwan Lee) of Reclaiming Chinese Society: The New Social Activism (2009, Routledge).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:March 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199644594

ISBN - 13:9780199644599

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Table of Contents

Prologue1. Land and Urban PoliticsPart I: Redevelopment of the Urban Core2. Municipal Governments, Socialist Land Masters, and Urban Land Battles3. Grassroots Resistance: Property Rights and Residents' RightsPart II: Expansion of the Metropolitan Region4. Metropolitan Governance, Real Estate Projects, and Capital Accumulation5. Village Corporatism, Real Estate Projects, and Local AutonomyPart III: Urbanization of the Rural Fringe6. Township Governments as Brokers of Power and Property7. Relocation and Deterritorialization of Peasants8. A New Territorial Order

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"Cities are the pivot of China's economy, as it resumes its place on the world stage. Shooting skyward, exploding outward, China's great cities seem to consume all in their path. Resistance is hard, and even the Chinese state has been reshaped to serve the urban juggernaut. No one capturesthis better than Professor Hsing. The Great Urban Transformation is essential reading for every student of Chinese development and global cities." --Richard A. Walker, University of California