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Urbanization in China

Shin, Hyun Bang ORCID: 0000-0002-1103-9221 (2015) Urbanization in China. In: Wright, James D., (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Elsevier (Firm), Oxford, UK, pp. 973-979. ISBN 9780080970875 (Submitted)

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Identification Number: 10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.72095-2


This article on China's urbanization examines the main drivers behind China's urban transformation, its impact on the society, and how the impact is unevenly spread across populations and geography. It begins with a brief historical summary of China's urbanization focusing on the post-Liberation period, that is 1949 onward, and moves on to discuss some of the major factors that have contributed to people's migration and urban physical expansion. Three key characteristics are paid particular attention: (1) industrial production and uneven development; (2) land-based accumulation; (3) local state building and state entrepreneurialism. The article further examines some of the important sociospatial outcomes and challenges that China's urbanization poses.

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Additional Information: © 2015 Elsevier
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Asia Centre
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2013 11:26
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2024 19:18

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