Urban Socio-Spatial Restructuring in Contemporary China

Department: Urban Planning and Design
Research Centre: Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning
Active Dates: January 2014 - December 2016

Principal Investigator: Shenjing HE
Funding body: NSFC

Abstract

After more than three decades’ rapid expansion, Chinese cities are entering a new epoch of urbanisaion. It is a high time to rethink the urban development mode and to cope with the wide spread uneven development and socio-spatial inequality.
The production and consumption of new urban spaces in China are the research foci of this project. Here, China’s new urban spaces refer to the emerging physical/virtual, social, and cultural spaces that are situated at the confluence of China’s recent economic and political liberalisation, globalisation and market transition. Based on in-depth fieldworks in major Chinese cities such as Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, this research closely examines how various new urban spaces are shaped by the forces from state, market and society. This project aims to delve into the underlying reasons behind the prevalent and intensified problems of social polarisation and residential differentiation threatening social equity and stability.

Objectives

This research applies the socio-spatial dialectics to interrogate the coupling spatial transformation and social processes. Specifically, this project will analyse the power structure and operation mechanism of the pro-growth coalition pushing for the production and consumption of new urban spaces and its socio-spatial consequences.

 

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