Please note that this RPG Seminar will be held virtually via Zoom at the normal time [23 February 2021 (Tuesday), 13:00 p.m.]
Please be ready 5 minutes prior to the scheduled time.
The development of political, economic and social spaces in China’s peri-urban areas appears lagging behind their physical and geographical transformation under a rapid pace of urbanisation. Some traditional rural community structure and institutions seem to remain intact, functional and influential in many Chinese cities. This phenomenon stands in contrast to the literature suggesting that the rural community and organisations will dissolve integrating with a changing governance relationship between the state, the market and the community under urbanisation and especially neoliberalism. Theoretical discourses about neoliberalism in western cities appear inadequate to explain the changes in China. Previous empirical studies on peri-urban China focused mostly on the southern coastal areas, which tend to have a strong clan-based rural society. They may not explain the existence and functions of village collectives in northern Chinese cities in which village clans are generally weaker, and the local governments are more assertive. This research examines the grassroots governance of villages in Lugouqiao Township, Beijing, and investigates its transformation under a powerful state within the historical and institutional local context. Through archival studies, field research and in-depth interviews, this study explores the role, position and functions of village collectives in community governance from a micro-historical perspective. This study will shed light on the dynamism of urbanisation in peri-urban China and contribute to the development of theory about China’s unique urbanisation in the aspect of community governance.
About the Speaker
Miss Yang XU is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Hong Kong. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Land Resources Management from Renmin University of China, and the MPhil degree in Planning, Growth and Regeneration from University of Cambridge. Her research interests include urban regeneration, community planning and governance.
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