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Neo-urbanism in the making under China's market transition

Wu, Fulong 2009. Neo-urbanism in the making under China's market transition. City 13 (4) , pp. 418-431. 10.1080/13604810903298474

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This paper describes the rise of ‘urbanism’ in China. Following Louis Wirth, urbanism here refers to a way of life characterized by anonymous, heterogeneous and diverse social relations. In contrast to the lack of urbanism in Mao’s era, urbanism is being promoted under China’s market transition. We critically examine how urbanism is used as a new accumulation strategy, or ‘urbanization‐as‐accumulation’. Monotonic urban landscapes are thus transformed into exotic and transplanted mosaics. We illustrate this with the example of the ‘neo‐urbanism residence’ as a suburbia for the affluent in China. This ‘accumulation through transforming the built environment’ echoes the recent ‘urban renaissance’ in the West.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: urbanism, Chinese cities, suburbia, suburbanization, gated communities, new urbanism
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 13604813
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:07

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