The urbanisation of China over the last three decades has been a hugely significant development, both for China’s reform process and for the world more generally. This book presents recent research findings on China’s continuing urban transformation. Subjects covered include the decline of the rural-urban divide, the spatial restructuring of Chinese urban centres and urban infrastructure, migrant workers, new housing and new communities, and "green" responses to urban environmental problems. The book is particularly valuable in that it includes much new work by scholars based inside China.

chapter 1|14 pages

Challenging developments in urban China and emerging theoretical perspectives

ByMark Y. Wang, Pookong Kee, Jia Gao

chapter 3|17 pages

The urbanization of matter and the war of the gods

ByXiaoyang Zhu

chapter 4|27 pages

Synergistic evolution of Shanghai urban economic development transition and social spatial structure 1

ByShangguang Yang, Chunlan Wang, Mark Y. Wang

chapter 5|20 pages

Transforming oil-mining cities in post-reform China

A case study of Daqing 1
ByHe Li

chapter 6|18 pages

Wages and employment status of China's migrant workers 1

ByFei Guo, Zhiming Cheng, Graeme Hugo, Wenshu Gao

chapter 7|14 pages

Attitude, systems of identification, and distance

An analysis of the social distance of migrants and local urban residents
ByGuoxian Lu

chapter 8|21 pages

Home perception and home-making strategy

The struggle of rural–urban migrant women in Beijing and Shanghai 1
ByYunxian Wang, Gu Guangqing

chapter 9|12 pages

Gendered identity and voice

Chinese female migrant domestic workers' responses to subordination
ByMei-Ling Ellerman

chapter 10|28 pages

Schooling migration in urban China and its effects on migrants' social connections

ByJordan Brown, Mark Y. Wang

chapter 11|23 pages

Planned gated communities in urban China

Outdoors activities and designed leisure spaces
ByCaiwei Wu, Yongping Wei, Mark Y. Wang

chapter 12|20 pages

The governance formation in Beijing's commercial residential areas

ByYing Wu, Mark Y. Wang, Junhua Chen

chapter 13|17 pages

Spatial planning strategies for a low carbon city in China

Evidence from the neighborhoods of Beijing
ByBo Qin, Sunsheng Han

chapter 14|13 pages

Industrial development and environmental improvement in China

A case study on Liaoning Province
ByRuiling Han, Lianjun Tong