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Urban China in Transition

John Logan (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-6146-6
378 pages
January 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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Using an innovative approach, this book interprets the unprecedented transformation of contemporary China’s major cities. It deals with a diversity of trends and analyzes their sources.
  • Offers a multi-dimensional analysis of urban life in China
  • Highlights a diversity of trends in the areas of migration, criminal victimization, gated communities, and the status of women, suburbanization, and neighbourhood associations
  • Each chapter includes input from both an expert on urban life in China and an 'outside' expert from the fields of sociology, geography, economics, planning, political science, history, demography, architecture, or anthropology
  • An alternative theoretical perspective comparing the Chinese experience with other urban settings in the United States, Poland, Russia, Vietnam, East and South East Asia, and South America
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Table of Contents

Notes on the Contributors viii

Series Editors’ Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xiv

Introduction: Urban China in Comparative Perspective 1
John R. Logan and Susan S. Fainstein

Part I: Market Transition in Work Units and the Labor Market 25

1 Two Decades of Reform: The Changing Organization Dynamics of Chinese Industrial Firms 27
Shahid Yusuf and Kaoru Nabeshima

2 The Myth of the “New Urban Poverty”? Trends in Urban Poverty in China, 1988–2002 48
Simon Appleton and Lina Song

3 Class Structure and Class Inequality in Urban China and Russia: Effects of Institutional Change or Economic Performance? 66
Yanjie Bian and Theodore P. Gerber

4 Gender and the Labor Market in China and Poland 89
C. Cindy Fan and Joanna Regulska

Part II: Changing Places 113

5 Urbanization, Institutional Change, and Sociospatial Inequality in China, 1990–2001 115
Michael J. White, Fulong Wu, and Yiu Por (Vincent) Chen

6 Growth on the Edge: The New Chinese Metropolis 140
Yixing Zhou and John R. Logan

7 Mirrored Reflections: Place Identity Formation in Taipei and Shanghai 161
Jennifer Rudolph and Hanchao Lu

8 Is Gating Always Exclusionary? A Comparative Analysis of Gated Communities in American and Chinese Cities 182
Youqin Huang and Setha M. Low

Part III: Impacts of Migration 203

9 Urbanization in China in the 1990s: Patterns and Regional Variations 205
Zai Liang, Hy Van Luong, and Yiu Por (Vincent) Chen

10 Trapped in Neglected Corners of a Booming Metropolis: Residential Patterns and Marginalization of Migrant  Workers in Guangzhou 226
Min Zhou and Guoxuan Cai

11 Migration and Housing: Comparing China with the United States 250
Weiping Wu and Emily Rosenbaum

Part IV: Social Control in the New Chinese City 269

12 Economic Reform and Crime in Contemporary Urban China: Paradoxes of a Planned Transition 271
Steven F. Messner, Jianhong Liu, and Susanne Karstedt

13 Migration, Urbanization, and the Spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Empirical and Theoretical Observations in China and Indonesia 294
Christopher J. Smith and Graeme Hugo

14 The State’s Evolving Relationship with Urban Society: China’s Neighborhood Organizations in Comparative Perspective 315
Benjamin L. Read and Chun-Ming Chen

Subject index 336

Author index 355

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Author Information

Dr. John R. Logan is Professor of Sociology and Director of the initiative on Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences at Brown University. Founder of the Urban China Research Network, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dr. Logan is also a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Urban Affairs and City and Community. He was chosen Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY, as well as Director of the Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research. In April 2003 he was selected by American Demographics magazine as one of five social demographers whose work has most influenced his field in the last 25 years.
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  • Offers a multi-dimensional analysis of urban life in China
  • Highlights a diversity of trends in the areas of migration, criminal victimization, gated communities, and the status of women, suburbanization, and neighbourhood associations
  • Each chapter includes input from both an expert on urban life in China and an 'outside' expert from the fields of sociology, geography, economics, planning, political science, history, demography, architecture, or anthropology
  • An alternative theoretical perspective comparing the Chinese experience with other urban settings in the United States, Poland, Russia, Vietnam, East and South East Asia, and South America
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Reviews

These essays on recent Chinese urban developments--particularly trends in migration, labor economics, housing, economic and sociospatial inequality, and governance--offer macro and micro perspectives through analysis of nationwide patterns or developments in specific cities, thus capturing the regional diversity and types of cities in China. Editor Logan is careful not to present the Chinese instance as exceptional, but to situate it within a wider context through comparative analysis. He pairs up scholars from different disciplines and areas for each essay in order to set up comparison between Chinese urban developments and those in the US, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Logan asked the contributors to view their data through four theoretical lenses: modernization (Simon Kuznet's model), dependency/world system, developmental state, and market transition. By doing so, contributors discover meaningful differences that reveal trends unique to the Chinese context. On the whole, this collection offers undergraduates an accessible introduction to contemporary urban developments in China and to a wide range of qualitative and quantitative analyses commonly used in the social sciences. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic levels/libraries. -- L. Teh, University of Chicago (Choice, February 2009)

"Chinese cities are changing in incredibly complex and fascinating ways, and this volume presents a very impressive set of research studies of a wide range of aspects of such changes, written by first rate scholars. Anyone interested in changing urban social patterns in the world's most dynamic and populous society will want to consult this volume."
Martin K. Whyte, Harvard University

"John Logan’s kaleidoscopic collection offers diverse perspectives on urban dynamics in China, while simultaneously setting China’s cities in a comparative context that ranges from Russia to the United States. Globally oriented urbanists and China specialists alike will find it a valuable new resource."
Peter Evans, University of California, Berkeley

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