Aspects of Urbanization in China
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Aspects of Urbanization in China

By Gregory Bracken
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China's rise is one of the transformative events of our time. Aspects of Urbanization in China: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou examines some of the aspects of China's massive wave of urbanization - the largest the world has ever seen. The various papers in the book, written by academics from different disciplines, represent ongoing research and exploration and give a useful snapshot in a rapidly developing discourse. Their point of departure is the city - Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou - where the downside of China's miraculous economic growth is most painfully apparent. And it is concern for the citizens of these cities that unifies the papers in a book whose authors seek to understand what life is like for the people who call them home.

China's opkomst als wereldmacht is een van de ingrijpendste gebeurtenissen van deze tijd. Honderden miljoenen mensen zijn de armoede ontvlucht dankzij de snelle industrialisatie van het land. De wonderbaarlijke economische groei van China heeft zijn nadelen, iets wat vaak het meest pijnlijk duidelijk wordt in de steden. Deze studie is geschreven door wetenschappers uit verschillende disciplines, waaronder architectuur, stedenbouw, sociale wetenschappen, aardrijkskunde en antrolpologie. Een dee van de auteurs behandelt de mondiale ambities van de steden, terwijl andere hun culturele en architecturale uitingen onderzoeken.

Table of Contents
  • Aspects of Urbanization in China
  • Table of Contents
  • List of Tables and Illustrations
  • Acknowledgements
  • INTRODUCTION
    • 1 Aspects of Urbanization in China:Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou
  • GLOBAL AMBITIONS
    • 2 Towards an Understanding of Architectural Iconicity in Global Perspective
    • 3 Shanghai and the 2010 Expo Staging the City
    • 4 Guangzhou’s Special Path to Global City Status
  • CULTURAL EXPRESSION
    • 5 Repairing the Rural-Urban Continuum Cinema as Witness
    • 6 Revisiting Hong Kong Fruit Chan’s ‘Little Cheung
    • 7 Sensual, but No Clue of Politics Shanghai’s Longtang Houses
  • ARCHITECTURAL EXPRESSION
    • 8 Urbanization and Housing Socio-Spatial Conflicts over Urban Space in Contemporary Shanghai
    • 9 It Makes a Village Hong Kong’s Podium Shopping Malls as Global Villages
  • Contributors
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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