chapter  14
The Chinese city in transition: towards theorizing China’s urban restructuring : Fulong Wu and Laurence J. C. Ma
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The theme of this book is China’s urban restructuring, focusing on the changes in society, economy and space. In this final chapter, the social, economic and spatial changes are framed through the notion of “transitional cities.” Here “transition” is defined as the process of change from one condition or a set of circumstances to another without implying “convergence” or “switching” towards a preconceived and well-defined model. This redefinition differs from the use of “transition” in “transitional economies” which often suggests the convergence from the socialist economy to a capitalist market one.