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The Great Urban Transformation: Politics of Land and Property in China

You-tien Hsing


This book emphasizes the centrality of cities in China's ongoing transformation. Based on fieldwork in twenty-four Chinese cities between 1996 and 2007, the author forwards an analysis of the relations between the city, the state, and society through two novel concepts: urbanization of the local state and civic territoriality. Urbanization of the local state is a process of state power restructuring entailing an accumulation regime based on the commodification of state-owned land, the consolidation of territorial authority through construction projects, and a policy discourse dominated by noti ... More

Keywords: China, land and property rights, territory, local state, urbanization, metropolitan development, urban politics, post-socialist transformation, urban social movement, deterritorialization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199568048
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568048.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

You-tien Hsing, author
Associate Professor of Geography, UC Berkeley
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