A sea of change has occurred in China since the 1978 economic reforms. Bringing together the work of leading scholars specializing in urban China, this book examines what has happened to the Chinese city undergoing multiple transformations during the reform era, with an emphasis on new processes of urban formation and the consequent reconstituted urban spaces. With arguments against the convergence thesis that sees cities everywhere becoming more Western in form and suggestions that the Chinese city is best seen as a multiplex city, Restructuring the Chinese City is an indispensable text for Chinese specialists, urban scholars and advanced students in urban geography, urban planning and China studies.

chapter 1|18 pages

Restructuring the Chinese City

Diverse Processes and Reconstituted Spaces
ByJ.C.Ma Laurence, Wu Fulong

chapter 2|15 pages


Scale Relations and China's Spatial Administrative Hierarchy
ByCarolyn Cartier

chapter 3|18 pages

Space, Scale and the State

Reorganizing Urban Space in China
ByJianfa Shen

chapter 4|19 pages

Dual Land Market and Internal Spatial Structure of Chinese Cities

ByAnthony Gar-On Yeh

chapter 5|16 pages

Irregular Trajectories

Illegal Building in Mainland China and Hong Kong
ByAlan Smart, Wing-Shing Tang

chapter 8|16 pages

Uneven Development Among Shanghai's Three Urban Districts

ByTingwei Zhang

chapter 9|17 pages

Industrial Restructuring and Urban Spatial Transformation in Xi'an

ByHuaiting Yin, Xiaoping Shen, Zhe Zhao

chapter 10|15 pages

Residential Mobility and Urban Change in China

What have we Learned so far?
BySi-ming Li

chapter 11|27 pages

From Work-Unit Compounds to Gated Communities

Housing Inequality and Residential Segregation in Transitional Beijing
ByYouqin Huang

chapter 14|18 pages

The Chinese City in Transition

Towards Theorizing China's Urban Restructuring
ByFulong Wu, Laurence J. C. Ma