Cities With Invisible Walls

Author: Kam Wing Chan
Editor: Oxford University Press
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Most of the ancient walls surrounding China's cities have long since disintegrated, but invisible walls - legal restrictions separating the urban and rural populations - continue to contain urbanization. Kam Wing Chan examines how and why these bureaucratic 'walls' were built during the early days of socialism and why they remain during the current reform period. Dr Chan weaves together new empirical data and theory in this ground-breaking analysis of China's urbanization policies under socialism. He discredits the conventional wisdom that a low urban growth rate was the by-product of Mao's 'rural-biased' policies and points instead to long-term government efforts to promote industrialization while containing urban costs.

China S Economic Challenge

Author: Neil C. Hughes
Editor: M.E. Sharpe
ISBN: 9780765608086
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Annotation The "iron rice bowl" symbolized China's promise for economic security for the Chinese people is being tossed out in the Communist Party's efforts to create a market-oriented economy, but World Bank consultant Hughes argues that China has much farther to go in order to overturn long held cultural values that hold back the economic revolution. He studies the financial, agricultural, and technological sectors of China's economy and assesses the efforts of Chinese policy makers. He also devotes chapters to urban development and the Three Gorges Dam project. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.

Cities Of The World

Author: Stanley D. Brunn
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847698981
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The only text to offer a regional survey of world urban development, this third edition has been fully revised and updated to include new chapter authors, new cities and regions, and an expanded art program. Focusing on the eleven major culture realms of the world, the volume examines each region's urban history, economy, and culture and society, and offers engaging case studies of major representative cities. Introductory and concluding chapters frame the regional discussion by summarizing world urban history and by looking to the future of urban development. Maps, graphs, tables, photos, color satellite images, recommended readings, web sites, and UN data on major cities offer rich additional resources for students. Visit our website for sample chapters!

Urbanization With Chinese Characteristics The Hukou System And Migration

Author: Kam Wing Chan
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1351658263
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Many agree that rapid urbanization in China in the late 20th and early 21st centuries is a mega process significantly reshaping China and the global economy. China’s urbanization also carries a certain mystique, which has long fascinated generations of scholars and journalists alike. As it has turned out, many of the asserted Chinese feats are mostly fancied claims or gross misinterpretations (of statistics, for example). There does exist, however, an urbanization that displays rather uncommon "Chinese" characteristics that remain to inadequately understood. Building on his three decades of careful research, Professor Kam Wing Chan expertly dissects the complexity of China’s hukou system, migration, urbanization and their interrelationships in this set of journal articles published in the last ten years. These works range from seminal papers on Chinese urban definitions and statistics; and broad-perspective analysis of the hukou system of its first semi-centennial; to examinations of migration trends and geography; and critical evaluations of China’s 2014 urbanization blueprint and hukou reform plan. This convenient assemblage contains many of Chan’s recent important works. Together they also form a relatively coherent set on this topic. They are essential readings to anyone serious about gaining a true understanding of the prodigious urbanization in contemporary China.

Cities And Stability

Author: Jeremy Wallace
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199387214
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China's management of urbanization is an under-appreciated factor in the regime's longevity. The Chinese Communist Party fears "Latin Americanization" -- the emergence of highly unequal megacities with their attendant slums and social unrest. Such cities threaten the survival of nondemocratic regimes. To combat the threat, many regimes, including China's, favor cities in policymaking. Cities and Stability shows this "urban bias" to be a Faustian Bargain: cities may be stabilized for a time, but the massive in-migration from the countryside that results can generate the conditions for political upheaval. Through its hukou system of internal migration restrictions, China has avoided this dilemma, simultaneously aiding urbanites and keeping farmers in the countryside. The system helped prevent social upheaval even during the Great Recession, when tens of millions of laid-off migrant workers dispersed from coastal cities. Jeremy Wallace's powerful account forces us to rethink the relationship between cities and political stability throughout the developing world.

The Blackwell City Reader

Author: Gary Bridge
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1405189835
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Updated to reflect the most current thinking on urban studies, this new edition of "The Blackwell City Reader" brings together a wide range of essential readings relating to the analysis and experience of cities across the globe. Selections are carefully gathered from a variety of academic disciplines ranging from architecture, sociology, and literature to cultural studies, philosophy, and even psychoanalysis to provide the most diverse perspectives and in-depth coverage of the field. The new edition incorporates major developments in the study of materialities and mobilities, two areas at the heart of many contemporary debates; it also features enhanced coverage on non-Western cities that reflect recent growth trends, especially in Asia, China, and India, making it the most international reader of its kind. "The Blackwell City Reader, Second Edition" combines established and novel readings from a wide range of theoretical perspectives and geographical locales to provide an indispensable source for the most up-to-date thinking on cities of today and tomorrow.

Beyond Invisible Walls

Author: Jacob D. Lindy
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134946260
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Urban Geography

Author: David Clark
Editor: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780709907336
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Invisible Cities

Author: Italo Calvino
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 054413320X
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“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” — from Invisible Cities In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo — Mongol emperor and Venetian traveler. Kublai Khan has sensed the end of his empire coming soon. Marco Polo diverts his host with stories of the cities he has seen in his travels around the empire: cities and memory, cities and desire, cities and designs, cities and the dead, cities and the sky, trading cities, hidden cities. As Marco Polo unspools his tales, the emperor detects these fantastic places are more than they appear. “Invisible Cities changed the way we read and what is possible in the balance between poetry and prose . . . The book I would choose as pillow and plate, alone on a desert island.” — Jeanette Winterson