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The Great Urban TransformationPolitics of Land and Property in China$
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You-tien Hsing

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199568048

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568048.001.0001

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Village Corporatism, Real‐Estate Projects, and Territorial Autonomy

Village Corporatism, Real‐Estate Projects, and Territorial Autonomy

(p.122) Chapter 5 Village Corporatism, Real‐Estate Projects, and Territorial Autonomy
The Great Urban Transformation

You‐tien Hsing (Contributor Webpage)

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Chapter 5 turns to the villages located at the urban fringe that have actually benefited from urban expansion, and looks at the nonconfrontational form of social mobilization in those sites. Rapid urban expansion since the 1980s has turned many “villages by the city” into “villages in the city” and has transformed villagers from vegetable farmers to rentiers, taking advantage of immigrant‐fuelled rental housing markets. These “corporatist villages,” as the author terms them, are most successful in the southern metropolises of Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Corporatist villages are able to enjoy relative territorial autonomy under the expansionist regime of the metropolitan government because of their skills in bargaining with the local state, their strategic location, recollectivization of the village economy, and reinforcement of village identity. These southern “villages in the city” thus represent a successful case of territorialization.

Keywords:   Guangzhou, village in the city, urban village, corporatism, local autonomy, collective land ownership, collectivism, shareholding system, territorialization

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